As a first-generation American, 17-year-old Selina Han doesn’t expect her parents to know or understand the inner workings of her school, San Gabriel High School, or the broader Alhambra Unified School District.
They’ve never been to a school board meeting — while she has attended several as a student journalist for campus newspaper, The Matador. So when Han learned about a ational student movement advocating for lowering the voting age for school board elections to 16, it made sense to her because students are often better informed about the goings-on in their districts.
“There are really important decisions being made in public, but no one’s actually paying attention,” Han said. “It’s up to students to be there and hold institutions accountable.”
Han is one of several Alhambra Unified students advocating for lowering the voting age for school board elections to 16.
The idea came about last spring, when Mark Keppel High School students were working on environmental projects with Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, a nonprofit that creates health and environmental initiatives in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.