Maine DOE invites applications for student cabinet

Sep 18, 2019

Augusta — The Maine Department of Education is launching its first-ever student cabinet, a group of students who will meet quarterly with Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss educational opportunities, improvements and policy. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard.

Cabinet meetings will allow students from different grade levels, backgrounds and areas of Maine to share their opinions and offer advice about Maine’s education system with Maine’s commissioner of education and other leaders from the Maine Department of Education.

Students in grades four through 12 and college freshmen are invited to apply. Members selected will serve for a term of 12 months starting Nov. 1.

Cabinet meetings will be held throughout the school year. Most meetings are expected to be held as video conferences, which will require cabinet members to have access to a computer or device with an internet connection. There will be at least one in-person meeting, for which the Maine DOE will reimburse travel costs.

Students interested in serving on the Maine DOE Student Cabinet should submit the electronic application, with consent from a parent or guardian, by Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted electronically here, which is

For more information, contact Kelli Deveaux at 624-6747 or


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