Pennsylvania

Philly Student Dies With No Nurse on Duty. Organizers Call for Officials to Resign

For the second time this school year, a Philadelphia student died after falling ill at school. Due to budget cuts, neither school had a nurse on duty. Organizers in Philadelphia are calling for the resignation of city officials unless they can provide the full school funding necessary to put a nurse in every school.


Jackson Elementary parents give statement to
the press. Photo via Philly.com

Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2014-04-17

The first video in a three-part series, "Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools" follows Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Hellen Gym, parent and education advocate, as they hear firsthand from students, parents and teachers fighting to turn around public education from the bottom up.

The first video in a three-part series, "Revival From the Roots: A Tour of Philly's Neighborhood Schools" follows Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Hellen Gym, parent and education advocate, as they hear firsthand from students, parents and teachers fighting to turn around public education from the bottom up. 

Philadelphia Organizers to Launch Fair Funding Campaign

Organizers in Philadelphia are gearing up to make this year's race for Pennsylvania governor all about fair school funding. On March 29, they will launch a seven-month effort to get 25,000 registered voters to sign a pledge to vote for candidates committed to supporting public schools.

Organizers in Philadelphia are gearing up to make this year's race for Pennsylvania governor all about fair school funding.

Like Our Infographics? Watch Journey for Justice in Action

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you like our infographics on school closures, don't miss this video from our grassroots ally Journey for Justice.

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you've been following our series of infographics on school closures, you know that closures disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

Philly Students Lead Citywide Assembly on Education

On February 1, the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools.

On February 1, youth leaders with the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Youth United for Change led a citywide assembly to talk about education in Philadelphia and what students can do to protect and fight for their public schools. 

PA Gov. Cancels School Visit to Avoid Protesters

PA Gov. Corbett was set to visit Central High School in Philadelphia, but made a last minute schedule change. The students, teachers and parents who planned to protest his visit are calling it a victory.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was set to visit Central High School in Philadelphia, but made a last minute schedule change, and the students, teachers and parents who planned to protest his visit are calling it a victory. 

"Our Schools Are Not For Sale"

OTL allies from the Philadelphia Student Union are featured in several recent media stories that showcase how these young organizers have become some of the strongest voices in the movement for educational equity in their city and nationwide.

With public schools under attack across the nation, it is inspiring to see just how many organizers (many of them students!) are attending rallies, school board meetings and press conferences to defend of their schools and demand the resources and opportunities every student deserves.

MSNBC Highlights OTL Infographic and Philly Organizers

In a recent segment, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin referred to an OTL Campaign infographic showing the disparate impact of school closures on students of color and students from low-income families. He also highlighted the work of organizers in Philly fighting for their public schools.

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