I think that now is an opportune time to congratulate the newly elected leaders of the Oak Park and River Forest High School student council, and to press my request that the school administration give more powers to them.

Frankly, year after year, it’s always the same: Student council candidates put up posters and give out shirts, we vote for them (usually with uninformed votes), and then they assume office and we hardly ever hear about them or what they do again.

The reason for this is because student council has hardly any powers to do anything in the school. It’s there just to provide an option for students to get involved. It has no active role in giving students a voice in the school, or for advocating a better education environment.

But maybe that can change for next year. Maybe student council can do more than organize a few events. Maybe the school administration can regularly seek the opinion of the student body via the student council. Maybe the school administration could actually act upon what the students want. Maybe the student council could become a group that’s front and center in the school, with all students constantly aware of their doings. Maybe then student council can actually be a powerful force in the school and can be more than what it’s always been – as powerful as Her Majesty Elizabeth II: the gracious sovereign monarch, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Overseas Dominions, head of the British Commonwealth.

Paul Rubio
Oak Park

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