These bills include:
- Tackling Injustice: The Ultimate Hate Crime Administrative Policy Bill: This bill was born out of the desire to do right by the school community, specifically POC and queer students and staff at our school. The bill calls for a set process to deal with incidents of hate crime or speech, and calls upon the administration to provide real consequences to those who commit them. As a body, we condemn the acts of hatred and bigotry that have taken place at BHS. We will not represent a school where minorities are treated with disrespect, and so we stand with the organizers of the Trans Rights Walkout and the Anti-Racism Walkout.
- Survivor’s Rights Bill (sponsored by SHARP Warriors): The Survivor’s Rights Bill gives victims of sexual assault/harassment the right to receive the support they need without being penalized. This includes the right to speak with social workers, guidance counselors, deans, and other staff and be excused from class, the right to switch out of a class, and the right to request group changes in any class.
- Late Assignment Credit Bill: As mentioned in the last blog post, the Late Assignment Credit Bill hopes to give students motivation to turn in their work, even when late, by ensuring that students don’t lose too many points solely because of lateness.
- The Balanced Academics to Reduce Student Stress Bill: (this one is sponsored by Mr. Primmer, not a Student Council member, but is still something being discussed in the BHS Government) This bill was also mentioned in the last blog post, and is still receiving feedback from multiple councils and committees.To recap, it intends to reduce student stress by implementing a limit on the number of AP and academic classes a student can take. Due to the contents of the bill, it needs to be looked at by many different people before being able to pass.
Meanwhile, we are aware that Student Council has the responsibility to better represent all of you. We seek to better advocate for the student body through legislation and various advocacy efforts going on at the moment. We also aim to share the process with students in a transparent manner. Student Government is committed to racial justice and fighting all sorts of bigotry manifest at the high school, and making tangible steps and goals to achieve a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for all students.
As always, please feel free to interact and contribute to our dialogue. Your voices matter and we need your input in order to legislate in a way that benefits all students. Find us at @brooklinehigh on Instagram and drop into some Student Council meetings, which always take place Tuesdays at 8:20 AM on B Weeks. Find out who your representatives are on our website.