The Providence Student Union kicked off their campaign in support of their “Student Bill of Rights” Friday. The group is calling on elected leaders to support a litany of requests.
A crowd of about fifty students led a chant in the middle of Kennedy Plaza in in downtown Providence. The demonstrators, members of the Providence Student Union, are promoting their newest initiative: a so-called Student Bill of Rights. The document includes 22 articles ranging from calls for diverse teaching staff, to programs for English Language Learners.
Classical High School senior Jaylee Salcedo called for repairs to school buildings.
“No matter what school district we come from,” said Salcedo “If not equipped with an adequate environment, students will not be in the mindset to reach their highest potential. A crumbling school building is not fit to uplift our minds and encourage us to work hard.”
Governor Gina Raimondo created a School Building Authority to tackle needed repairs to public schools around the state in 2015. The Providence Student Union hopes to codify parts of the Student Bill of Rights into law or city ordinance with the support of local lawmakers.