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Playlist: Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Compiled By: On Blast

Thousands of Students March to Tell PA Governor: 'Fund Schools Not Prisons'   Credit: JJ Tiziou
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Thousands of Students March to Tell PA Governor: 'Fund Schools Not Prisons'

This playlist is are designed to shed light on the realities of the School To Prison Pipeline. The School To Prison Pipeline is a collection of conditions and policies that push students out of school and into the criminal justice system. Some of these policies include chronic underfunding of public schools, and school discipline policies that criminalize students.

This series also highlights some of the ways that young people are organizing to end these harmful policies, and create alternatives that prepare students for college and careers. In Philly, high school students from the Philadelphia Student Union are organizing their schools and communities to stop the School To Prison Pipeline. These are a few of their stories.

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This playlist is are designed to shed light on the realities of the School To Prison Pipeline. The School To Prison Pipeline is a collection of conditions and policies that push students out of school and into the criminal justice system. Some of these policies include chronic underfunding of public schools, and school discipline policies that criminalize students. This series also highlights some of the ways that young people are organizing to end these harmful policies, and create alternatives that prepare students for college and careers. In Philly, high school students from the Philadelphia Student Union are organizing their schools and communities to stop the School To Prison... Show full description

Fund Schools, Not Prisons

Students Tell Gov. Corbett: Education is a Human Right. Fund it that Way

From On Blast | 04:26

On Valentine's Day, more than 400 students and parents from across Pennsylvania held a rally for public education at the State Capitol. This action came a week after Gov. Corbett announced his plan for the next state budget -- a proposal that would carry over last year's $1 billion cuts to education funding. Students demanded that Gov. Corbett restores the cuts and makes equitable school funding be a top priority in the next state budget.

The action was organized by Philadelphia Student Union, Project Peace, Chester student leaders, and A+ Schools' TeenBloc. It was co-sponsored by Juntos and the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools.

This radio piece features highlights from the action. It was edited by Ericka Johnson

Gov_corbett_fall_in_love_small On Valentine's Day, more than 400 students and parents from across Pennsylvania held a rally for public education at the State Capitol. This action came a week after Gov. Corbett announced his plan for the next state budget -- a proposal that would carry over last year's $1 billion cuts to education funding. Students demanded that Gov. Corbett restores the cuts and makes equitable school funding be a top priority in the next state budget. The action was organized by Philadelphia Student Union, Project Peace, Chester student leaders, and A+ Schools' TeenBloc. It was co-sponsored by Juntos and the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools. This radio piece features highlights from the action. It was edited by Ericka Johnson


Stop Criminalizing Students

Creating Nonviolent Schools and Communities: Highlights from MLK Day

From On Blast | 05:47

How can we make schools safer without criminalizing youth? How can we confront bias violence? What kinds of restorative practices should we implement in place of harsh discipline policies? What role should students play in finding solutions?

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How can we make schools safer without criminalizing youth? How can we confront bias violence? What kinds of restorative practices should we implement in place of harsh discipline policies? What role should students play in finding solutions?

These are some of the questions that were discussed and answered during the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools'MLK Day event.  The Campaign for Nonviolent Schools hosted an expert panel of youth and adults, to offer solutions for ending structural, interpersonal, and bias violence in our schools and communities. Panelists included: Steve Korr, International Institute for Restorative Practices; Helen Gym, Asian Americans United; Bummi Samuels, Philadelphia Freedom Schools; Josh Glenn, Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project and Campaign for Nonviolent Schools; Neil Geyette, Philadelphia High School Teacher; Azeem Hill, Philadelphia Student Union and Campaign for Nonviolent Schools.

Here are some highlights from the event. This piece was edited by Andrea Jobe, and narrated by Shayla Johnson.

Students Organize Around the Root Causes of School Pushout

From On Blast | 03:45

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.

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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.

Building Prison Beds Based On Third Graders' Test Scores

From On Blast | 02:31

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

Scho0l_over_jail_small The school to prison pipeline starts early. It has been said that you can predict the prison population by looking at how many third graders perform poorly on standardized tests. But has anyone ever asked third graders what they think about this? Kim Reed did. This is her report.