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
Sophia Roach is a senior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where she is a founding member of the school’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The committee’s work has led to conversations on identity and curriculum changes, including more diverse reading material. Ms. Roach would like to see students across the School District engaging in conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion that could lead to more educational reform.
“Giving students a voice is the most important thing a school district can do,” Ms. Roach said. “And I would like to advocate for the inclusion of voices from students across the district.” In addition to her work on the DEI Committee, Ms. Roach is the editor-in-chief of The Bullhorn, a district-wide student newspaper; is a STEM intern for the Mutter Museum’s 2022-2023 cohort; and was previously a teen ambassador for the Penn Museum.
Love Speech is a senior at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School, where she is enrolled in the The Senior Year Only Program that prepares students for both college and career by connecting classroom learning with the workplace. In this dual enrollment program, she takes all her classes at Community College of Philadelphia.
Ms. Speech believes that student voice is important and would like to improve communication between students, parents and school administrators. She also believes that every student should have access to a quality education. “I want to advocate for all students and give them the best possible chance to succeed and enjoy their educational experience,” Ms. Speech said.