Student Cabinet


The Maine Department of Education's Student Cabinet is a group of students that meet monthly with representatives from the Maine DOE 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.

How to Become a Student Cabinet Member

Student Cabinet members are selected through an application process in the fall of each year based on anticipated openings. 

Students grades 4 – 12 and first year of college can apply to be a member of the Student Cabinet.

Student Cabinet applications have closed for the 2023/2024 school year - We will open applications again in the fall of 2024.

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a team of Maine DOE staff. Selected applicants are chosen for their thoughtful responses to the open-ended questions on the application.

The Maine DOE has the goal of appointing two students from each county in Maine based on the application pool.

We have completed the selection for the 2023/2024 Student Cabinet and have attempted to contact all applicants via email regarding selection.



Rachel Paling
Communications & Outreach Manager