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Members at SLA Launch “More Than A Test” Website

When members of the Philadelphia Student Union asked their peers at Science Leadership Academy what kinds of changes they wanted to make to public education, one issue came immediately to mind for many students: High Stakes Standardized Testing. After many months of discussion, research and planning, PSU members at SLA have launched their “More Than […]

The Impact of Mumia on Me: An Essay by Sharron Snyder

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On the morning of Monday March 30th, prison officials at SCI Mahanoy say that Mumia Abu-Jamal had a “medical crisis” and was transported from the prison to the intensive care unit at the Schuylkill Medical Center, in Pottsville. PA. Shackled to the bed, alone, and prevented from knowing that his family is close by he […]

Student Analysis of Standardized Testing

In the fall of 2014, PSU member and On Blast producer, Mahala Papadopoulos set out to learn more about high stakes standardized testing in the School District of Philadelphia. Through an analysis of student perspectives, the profitable business of testing and the growing Opt Out Movement, Mahala gets deep into the unresolved issues of high […]

Philadelphia Student Union in Rolling Stone

On March 11, 2015, the power of high school students was featured in Rolling Stone, in an article by Rebecca Nathanson. The national fight for public education is growing! And more people are paying attention to students who are organizing to fight for the public education that they have a right to.  The article chronicled […]

New Media Program Launch: YEARBOOKPHL

At the Philadelphia Student Union, we believe that young people have a complex analysis about their schools and communities. We believe that in order to fight and organize around systems of oppression, we must understand how mainstream media creates narratives that keep the public at ease with the status quo. When media is used as […]

“Test-In” and Forum on High-Stakes Testing

On Thursday, February 26th, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, PSU members joined teachers, parents and community members for the “Test-in” & Forum on High Stakes Testing. This event was sponsored by the Caucus of Working Educators, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, Teacher Action Group, Parents United for Public Education, Action United, and PSU. Participants […]

School Police Violently Remove Woman with Sign: Abolish the SRC

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Today was a scheduled SRC meeting to vote on the acceptance or rejection of 39 charter school applications. As we arrived at the Philadelphia School District Building for the public meeting, we were immediately sent to the “overflow room”. About 50 people were present, both public and charter school advocates, and one school police officer. […]

Big Money from PSP: Our Take

Last week, the Philadelphia School Partnership offered to commit $25 million to the Philadelphia School District to help offset the stranded costs of charter expansion over three years. This comes in the wake of tens of schools being closed, thousands of nurses, counselors and support staff laid off, and an ever deepening budget crisis for […]

#ReclaimMLK March

On January 19th, 2015, an estimated 10,000 people gathered in the streets of Philadelphia to #ReclaimMLK. The march was organized by the MLK D.A.R.E (MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) coalition. This coalition is made up of faith leaders, labor unions, parent groups, college and high school students, and grassroots activist organizations. The “MLK […]

Philadelphia Students Die-In to Protest All Forms of Violence

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In an action organized by the Philadelphia Student Union, Boat People SOS, and Asian Americans United, students from across Philadelphia staged a die-in in front of the School District of Philadelphia.  Students were also joined by teachers, parents, clergy and PFT President Jerry Jordan. After dying-in, students gave speeches and performed poetry. Their action took […]