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Pushing Educational Boundaries: Student Recommendations for Spending American Rescue Plan Funds

June 17, 2021

The 2020–21 Illinois Student Advisory Council spent months researching how to use the current influx of education funding to make the biggest impact for students. This webinar, hosted by the Region 9 Comprehensive Center, features their instrumental recommendations to help all students achieve educational success and incorporate student voices in decision-making. Topics include addressing the post COVID-19 achievement gap; student safety and emotional well-being; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. These young leaders have presented their ideas to the Illinois P–20 Council, Push Excel’s National Education Summit, and the Illinois State Board of Education.



  • Aaron Butler, Region 9 Comprehensive Center
  • Alicia Espinoza, Region 9 Comprehensive Center
  • Leo Krueger, Vandalia High School
  • Theo Johnson, Urbana High School
  • Daniel Labrousse, Region 9 Comprehensive Center
  • Serena Thakkar, St. Charles East High School
  • Araha Uday, Schaumburg High School
  • Molly Uhe-Edmonds, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Eric Veal Jr., Willowbrook High School
  • Kaitlyn Zhou, Neuqua Valley High School

Photo by Allison Shelley for EDUimages.