Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 5, 2013

Student Government views do not represent AHS

The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

We are two seniors at Andover High School who have been closely following the proposed charter school, and we and our classmates have numerous concerns regarding the plan and how it is being presented. We think that there may be some misinformation concerning the role and impact of the student government here.

Firstly, the student government claims that they represent the student body at Andover High, but this is misleading. The student government is a voluntary club. Anyone can join, similar to most extracurricular activities. We think that the most important thing the public should know, though, is that the student body does NOT elect the members of Student Government. Therefore, we do not see how they can claim to embody our opinions in any way, shape or form.

Further, the Student Government represents a very small percentage of students at AHS. They are only 17 students out of 1,802 total students at Andover High. This is .943 percent of the total school population. Further, of the 17 students in Student Government, nine students attended the vote on the charter school. Of this nine, five voted and four abstained, according to the Student Government advisor. Based on the opinion of these five students, the Student Government stated and the Eagle-Tribune reported that AHS students support the charter school.

We would like to let the other 1,797 students in the school speak for themselves. Based on all of the in-class discussions that have been occurring recently, it has been our impression that the majority of students we have spoken to are opposed to the idea. We are working with school administration to develop a plan to provide the student body with a voice of our own, and will keep you informed of our progress.

Emily Granoff

Angelina Lionetta

Andover High School