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Student Voice in Federal Policymaking

Why Students Must Have a Seat at the Table

Join the conversation on Twitter using #StudentVoiceInPolicy.

As of 2018, there were 53.1 million K-12 students in the United States. Despite students under the age of 18 comprising the largest population of educational stakeholders and being among the most affected by education policy decisions, they are rarely included in education governance at any level. Federal policymakers must meaningfully involve students in all stages of the policymaking process to develop policies that help all students succeed, especially students from communities with fewer resources and other marginalized backgrounds whom federal policies purport to help.

Please join the Center for American Progress, student activists, and federal policymakers to discuss the importance of student voice in federal policymaking.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at or on Twitter using #StudentVoiceInPolicy. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Sadie Bograd, student advocate
Cheri Hoffman, Director, Division of Children and Youth Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Ianne Salvosa, student advocate
Mark Washington, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Khalilah M. Harris, Acting Vice President, K-12 Education, Center for American Progress