Piece image

Students Organize Around the Root Causes of School Pushout

From: On Blast
Length: 03:45

Embed_button
Students all over Philadelphia are being pushed out of schools and right into the school to prison pipeline. This is happening because of the lack of resources inside schools and the use of harsh discipline practices that force students into the criminal justice system. Read the full description.

Real_p_out_small

Students all over Philadelphia are being pushed out of schools and right into the school to prison pipeline. This is happening because of the lack of resources inside schools and the use of harsh discipline practices that force students into the criminal justice system.

But students from several organizations are fighting to end the school to prison pipeline, as members of theCampaign for Nonviolent Schools. Many of these students shared their experiences at an event calledYouth Speak-Out Against Push Out. It was a part of theDignity in Schools National Week of Action on School Pushout.

This radio piece features students' voices from this powerful event. It was produced by Shayla Johnson and Andrea Jobe.

More from On Blast

Piece image

What is Young People's Oppression? (04:38)
From: On Blast

Young People's Oppression might not be something that you have heard of. But for members of the Philadelphia Student Union, it is a part of daily life. When young people are ...
Piece image

A Youth Perspective on the School-to-Prison Pipeline (07:28)
From: On Blast

The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Members ...
Caption: Nuwar Ahmed interviews attendees at the rally in Harrisburg.

PSU Members Go to Harrisburg for Gov. Corbett's Budget Address (01:52)
From: On Blast

One of the root causes of the conditions and problems that we see in Philadelphia's public education system, that has now resulted in the potential for school closures, is ...
Piece image

New PSU Members! (02:22)
From: On Blast

Tiana Stokes, Basil Hasan and Marquan Bond are all new Philadelphia Student Union members. They share their thoughts and experiences on what it's like to be a new member and ...
Piece image

School Closings and Violence in Philadelphia (03:46)
From: On Blast

School closings have become an epidemic across the nation. Reporting for On Blast, Nuwar Ahmed and Julian Roessler discuss violence as a possible result of the new wave of ...
Piece image

The Community Has Spoken. We Reject This Plan. (04:15)
From: On Blast

The Philadelphia School District released a plan to close schools, dismantle the school district as we know it, eliminate union jobs & and privatize schools.
Piece image

Breaking Boundaries Together: Multi-Lingual Collaboration at South Philly High (05:14)
From: On Blast

In South Philadelphia High School, students are coming together across racial & language barriers. As the School Safety Collaborative, Philadelphia Student Union, Asian ...
Piece image

School Nurse Layoffs Endanger Students' Safety (04:44)
From: On Blast

Apparently, students' safety is the latest casualty of Governor Corbett's education budget cuts.
Piece image

Making Schools Safe for Everyone: LGBTQ Youth Develop Solutions (05:55)
From: On Blast

How can we make schools safer for LGBTQ students? We start by letting LGBTQ youth take the lead in developing student-centered solutions. Listen to this radio piece, ...
Piece image

Building Prison Beds Based On Third Graders' Test Scores (02:31)
From: On Blast

It has been said that you can predict the prison population by looking at how many third graders perform poorly on standardized tests.

Piece Description

Students all over Philadelphia are being pushed out of schools and right into the school to prison pipeline. This is happening because of the lack of resources inside schools and the use of harsh discipline practices that force students into the criminal justice system.

But students from several organizations are fighting to end the school to prison pipeline, as members of theCampaign for Nonviolent Schools. Many of these students shared their experiences at an event calledYouth Speak-Out Against Push Out. It was a part of theDignity in Schools National Week of Action on School Pushout.

This radio piece features students' voices from this powerful event. It was produced by Shayla Johnson and Andrea Jobe.