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Chicago Board of Education

The Chicago Board of Education ("Board") is a governing body appointed by the mayor and is responsible for the oversight of Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Apply for Honorary Student Board Member SY2023-24

Each spring, rising juniors and seniors at CPS have the opportunity to apply to become an Honorary Student Board Member for the following school year. Applicants are considered based on past leadership experience and essays. The individual chosen for the role will gain invaluable leadership experience, receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their college education, and play an important part in shaping the future of the District. 

Applications are being accepted from March 13 through April 28, 2023. For additional information on the application and eligibility requirements, please visit or email


CPS is committed to transparency, and working with the Board is a vital part of ensuring that every action we take is thoughtful, equitable, and meets our high standards of excellence and integrity. The Board ensures CPS is progressing toward its long-term goal of providing a high-quality, world-class education for every student in every neighborhood in Chicago.

Please visit the Board website for information relating to the Board’s public meetings, agendas and schedules, and all other actions that impact our school communities.


The members of the Chicago Board of Education are appointed by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. They are a diverse group of committed, distinguished, and highly-accomplished experts in their professions, as well as prominent leaders in social, civic, and cultural affairs.