Things aren't looking great for public education in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia where budget cuts and a push for privatization are threatening the mere existence of the city's public schools. City education officials are currently considering a restructuring plan that would close 64 schools, downside the central district offices, and restructure the remaining schools into "achievement networks," some of which would be handed over to charter management organizations.
But let the students from Youth United for Change, PhillyCAM and Art Factory fill you in. The groups produced a short "docu-music video" chronicling the effects of school closures on students, teachers and communities. "Project 2012: Ending the Education Apocalypse" is the most awesome piece of student activism you'll see all week, guaranteed.
In a great opening sequence, two students sit on the curb outside their school - padlocks on the school doors prevent them from going in. One student explains to the other what's going on: "They closed all the schools. They took the future out of the budget!"