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First meeting of Maine Student Cabinet postponed

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AUGUSTA — Due to the snowstorm on Monday, Dec. 2, the Student Cabinet meeting that was scheduled for that day has been postponed to Jan. 24.

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has selected 32 Maine students to serve on its new Student Cabinet. The group is scheduled to meet quarterly with Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss educational opportunities, improvements and policy with an in-person meeting to take place next month.

The group is comprised of students from all 16 counties in Maine, grades 4 through the first year of college, from diverse educational experiences. The students were selected through a rigorous team selection process by a committee of students, Maine State Board of Education representatives and Maine DOE staff including experienced educators.

Student Cabinet meetings are intended to allow students from different grade levels, backgrounds and areas of Maine to share their opinions and offer advice about Maine’s education system with the commissioner of education and other DOE leaders. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard.

The Student Cabinet will be co-chaired by Maine State Board of Education Student Representatives Casey Maddock and Jaylee Rice, who were both instrumental in the formation of the Student Cabinet.

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