Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the creation of a new Student Advisory Council last Friday. The initiative is meant to
provide students the opportunity to discuss important issues with
Some Chicago student leaders called the new advisory council an important first step in opening the
dialogue between students and CPS. But they also said the new
advisory council is "just for show," because students wouldn't have a
direct vote when it comes to deciding CPS policy.
"We do view this advisory committee as a good base step," said Ross Floyd, a junior at Jones College Prep and a Chicago Student Union (CSU) leader. "We think there's a lot of work to do, but it’s better than
before. Before, there was no student voice. The more student voice in
educational policy, the better that policy is going to be."
however, went on to say that the new council seems like a "puppet
show." CPS says a goal of the council is to empower students' voices in
district policy decisions, but "in reality they're giving the students
no power at all," he stressed.