Mississippi Board of Education could add student advisers

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi public high school students could soon become advisers to the state Board of Education.

The board on Thursday asked for public comment on a proposal to add the student representatives beginning in July. They wouldn't have a vote, but supporters say they could provide important student perspective to the state's K-12 governing body.

Students with a 2.5 grade-point average who would be enrolled in a public or charter high school could apply, with finalists being interviewed and chosen by the board. A senior and a junior would serve in the initial year. After that, the junior would continue for a second year, with a new junior being added each year for a two-year term.

The state Board of Education could vote on the plan in October.

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