Boston Students Press for Voting Power on School Committee

BSAC hearing on student voteBoston City Councilor Tito Jackson and the Boston Student Advisory Committee (BSAC) held a hearing this past Monday proposing that a second student representative should be added to the Boston School Committee, and that both student representatives should have full voting rights. Although the current student representative, Ayomide Olumuyiwa, was an active participant in the recent hiring decision for school superintendent, at the end of the process he was the only member who couldn't actually vote. Allowing student representatives to vote on committee decisions would help ensure that students could make their voices heard and contribute to the important decisions that affect them and their schools.

BSAC livetweeted the hearing – here are some of the exciting tweets!

Packed City Hall chamber at the #studentvote hearing. pic.twitter.com/6J6JZnxoka

— BSAC (@BSACbuzz) March 23, 2015

"We need to ask ourselves, do we believe in Boston's future?" @titojackson kicking off the #studentvote hearing pic.twitter.com/Si1uyyQDUN

— BSAC (@BSACbuzz) March 23, 2015

"Students r in the classroom 5 days a week, we know when things are working" @SaysCarlosRojas #studentvote pic.twitter.com/tJaySyUgla

— BSAC (@BSACbuzz) March 23, 2015

Ayo testifies that being only student rep on School Committee w/o a vote feels like "tokenism" #studentvote pic.twitter.com/qmB7Doo0M4

— BSAC (@BSACbuzz) March 23, 2015

Young people in solidarity during student rep Ayo's testimony #studentvote hearing #StudentVoiceMatters pic.twitter.com/WuzunBpAPO

— BSAC (@BSACbuzz) March 23, 2015

You can read Jackson's proposal here.

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