In order to gain valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing, the Kentucky education commissioner created the Next-Generation Student Council. This group meets with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback – from a student perspective – on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.
The Next-Generation Student Council is a year-long program for Kentucky public school students in grades 10-12. The council will play a vital role in providing input regarding issues that face education in Kentucky and work with KDE staff to develop ideas that will work to improve and transform education.
The council seeks students with refreshing ideas and thoughtful insight into how we can further improve our schools and student achievement. As such, we encourage all students to apply in order to represent the diverse academic, geographic, demographic and school-size variables particular to our state.
Students can click here ( to access the application and read FAQs for the council. Please read the FAQs prior to completing the application. Most questions can be answered by the FAQs.
Applications must be received by postal mail or hand delivery to Stephanie Siria at KDE no later than September 30th.   Applications also will be accepted with a postmark date of September 30 or earlier.
A committee of KDE representatives will review and score all applications based on the answers provided to the questions. Appointments to the council will be based on how well the applicants communicated their ideas and goals. This committee will then select five students to serve on the 2015-16 council alongside the six returning student council members.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Siria at or 502-564-2000 ext 4614.