Ashton Williams, a student leader and senior at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, spoke movingly at the most recent school board meeting.
“Although I’ve only been a part of the Long Beach Unified School District for the past four years, it has been my best educational experience. I have friends who are paying thousands of dollars for their education, but I feel that I am getting the same, or even a better education here for free,” the student reported at the public meeting, where he served as the school board’s student representative.
Each high school sends their ASB president as a representative at the board meetings on a rotating basis. The CAMS student is ASB president and school site council member. He also serves on the school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan Committee.
“I took on these leadership positions at a pivotal time,” he said. “ The district is currently introducing Common Core (State Standards) and Linked Learning (work-based, career-themed instruction) and during this time it is important to have a student perspective.
“I’ve offered my opinions to the LCAP Committee and to our school site council, and I feel that if I were anywhere else, I wouldn’t have the same opportunity. I’d like to thank the Long Beach Unified School District for the opportunities that you’ve created for students like myself, and for supporting schools like CAMS.”