PSU Blog

A win on five demands- but fight to end school police violence isn’t over

For the past six weeks, students in the Philadelphia Student Union have held weekly vigils at 440, held press conferences, organized student speak-outs about school police violence, written editorials in major newspapers and The Nation magazine, and testified in front of the School Reform Commission, all to call attention to the injustice of a student […]

Assault at Ben Franklin

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Brian Burney, a member of the Philadelphia Student Union and student at Benjamin Franklin High School, was assaulted by a school police officer while attempting to use the bathroom at his school. During 9th period, Brian attempted to use the bathrooms on the 4th and 3rd floor but they were both […]

Last week to get your donation to PSU doubled!

If you believe in youth organizing, and want to help the Philadelphia Student Union hold a weekend-long leadership development retreat for high school students; if you support building the power of students to demand high-quality public education in Philadelphia; if you’ve been meaning to make a contribution to the Philadelphia Student Union but haven’t gotten […]


Today is “Giving Tuesday”, when people around the world give back to their communities, and donate to organizations whose work they appreciate. We hope you’ll consider making a contribution today to support the Philadelphia Student Union! In honor of #GivingTuesday, all donations made on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, December 1 – December 3 2015 will be […]

Our Current Work: #No215Jail Working Group

In May of 2015, Councilman Bobby Henon put forth a bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections. Thanks to the work of tireless advocates, vocal city council attendees and those who called in to voice their concerns regarding the building a […]

Lessons from Katrina for the School District of Philadelphia

School started this week in Philadelphia, but things are not business as usual in the School District this year. This is the first week in which the school district is implementing its newest version of the “network model”. On July 8th, 2015, with little fanfare, the Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Dr. William […]

Comics that can Change the World

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Excerpt from “A Piece on the Youth and Adult Prison Systems” by M. Papadopoulos, written for PSU’s documentary comics workshop. Picture this: five students, ages 15-19, crouched around a large sheet of paper — each holding onto a piece of thread, each piece of thread taped to a communal marker, the marker floating gently above the paper. […]

The Network Plan: Who are the newest additions to our School District?

When Superindentent Hite was brought to Philadelphia, his purpose was clear: enact the Boston Consulting Group’s plan for the School District of Philadelphia. This plan detailed the closing of dozens of schools in the district and a following reorganization of what was left into decentralized, independently managed “achievement networks.”   Last week, the School District […]

The Philadelphia Student Union needs a new home

This spring, the Philadelphia Student Union was evicted from our home on 42nd and Chestnut. For the past few months, we have been operating without an office. (Watch our new video to see just how challenging that can be!) We just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $11,000 to move to a new home. We […]

Student Post: #MoreThanATest Update

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“This project is a product of students taking power”…   An Update from the #MoreThanATest Campaign. Written by Nomi Martin-Brouillette.  Students have been working hard on the More Than A Test Campaign. We rolled out our twitter campaign, and have gotten hundreds of pictures from schools around the city, and country, from students, teachers, administrators, […]