Editorial: We the people of Glen Rock High School, in order to form a more perfect high school…


Where are the checks and balances in school institutions?

The infrastructure of the United States’ federal government was created by the framers of the US constitution on September 17, 1787, and intended to balance the power of each individual who is a part of the federal government. The unique system of “checks and balances”, which was included in the constitution in an attempt to balance this power, has effectively kept the power in check. As a result, the United States’ governmental system is one of the most efficient and well-respected republican systems that has ever existed.

If this system has worked so well in balancing the influence of governmental powers in the United States, then why do High Schools in the US, which attempt to eschew the same extortion and political corruption, not have in-place this same system of checks and balances?

Luckily, we attend public school in a district where the administrative corruption is fairly minimal. But, suppose this wasn’t the case. Suppose that one day, Principal Arlotta spontaneously decided to punish a student, regardless of whether-or-not that student had actually perpetrated the crime that he or she was being convicted of. What would happen then?

Mr. Arlotta, Mr. Purciello, and all other powers-that-be in our school’s administration have an essentially absolute rule, especially regarding disciplinary and legislative matters. This means that when they wish to pass any sort of decree, they can do so indisputably: There is no separate executive branch to question the constitutionality of the new law, or to veto it in any way. The same is also true for discipline. If, for example, Mr. Purciello wanted to punish a student for something that he or she didn’t actually do, there is no judicial system that has been established to try the person who has been persecuted, and justly determine whether-or-not that person actually committed said crime.

This leniency in the potential influence of school administrations gives them far too much strength. This is power that can easily be abused to the point of corruption, and this leniency is exactly what the framers of our constitution made a very strong effort to avoid.

I propose that we all aid in facilitating the establishment of three separate legislative, judicial, and executive branches of school administration. Principal Arlotta and Vice Principal Purciello could serve as the president and vice-president of the executive branch, respectively. This would be separate from a legislative branch, which would be overseen by an entirely new, unbiased legislator, and somebody with a background in politics or social studies could serve as a judge in the judicial branch. All-student juries could be appointed in an attempt to reach a justly-conceived verdict.