BSAC Hosts Youth Town Hall to Educate Youth on Education Funding Process & the PROMISE Act
In response to the
crucial need for equitable education funding across the state
of Massachusetts, as well as the need for accessible information about the
funding process, the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and Youth on
Board hosted a youth town hall centered around the PROMISE Act and youth
civic engagement. We had over 100 young people come to learn about this
game-changing legislation that has set out to address the long-term, systemic
under funding of Massachusetts public schools, as well as learn how they can
get involved in the process.
Panelists Justin Sterritt (left), Ahria Ilyas, Laura Perille, Fiona McManus, Kendra Allen-Gerald, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Charlotte Kelly. (Kim Janey not pictured, but present!)
BSAC Vice President Ahria Ilyas served on the panel alongside Massachusetts
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (who introduced the PROMISE Act), Boston City Councilor Kim Janey, City of Boston Budget Director Justin Sterritt, Interim Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Laura Perille, and Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance Executive Director Charlotte Kelly. The panel was moderated by BSAC reps Kendra Allen-Gerald and Fiona McManus, who invited young people in the audience to ask the panel questions, directly connecting Boston's young people with key public officials in the funding process.
Thank you to everyone who came out to this powerful event!