The Board of Education includes two non-voting student representatives who serve in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in Philadelphia. The student board members represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the School Board, and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body.
Student Board Representatives
Rebecca Allen is a rising junior at Central High School, where she advocates for student issues by participating in proactive student groups. At Central, she co-founded UNHEARD (Uprooting Negligence by Habituating Equity and Anti-Racism through Real Discussions), a group that holds discussions and workshops focused on equity and inclusion. She is also a member of the Nexus team, a group that works to build relationships at Central through restorative justice practices. Rebecca volunteers at Abundant Harvest House of Prayer Food Pantry and has participated in student voter registration drives.
In her role as a Student Board Representative, Rebecca hopes to connect with students of all backgrounds and to be an active voice for them. She also plans to work toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive school experience for all students.
Armando Ortez is a rising senior at Northeast High School where he takes dual enrollment courses at Community College of Philadelphia. At Northeast, Armando participates in track and lacrosse, and this year he attended Access Engineering, an enrichment program presented by University of Pennsylvania students to introduce high school students to engineering.
Armando, a first-generation Honduran American, plans to reach out to immigrant students and represent silenced voices in his role as a Student Board Representative. Interested in politics and advocating for social justice, Armando would like to ensure there are safe, comfortable spaces for students who lack a home or family.