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ERIC Number: EJ1015811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
How Students Are Leading Us: Youth Organizing and the Fight for Public Education in Philadelphia
Conner, Jerusha; Rosen, Sonia
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v10 n1 Sum 2013
Philadelphia has a rich history of high school student activism, stretching back to 1967, when 3,500 Philadelphia students walked out of their schools, marched to the Board of Education, and demanded the addition of black history courses taught by black teachers, the removal of police from high schools, and an increase in the hiring of black principals. Philadelphia's students have long been a major force in the battle for public education, and for the past decade and a half they have fought valiantly against the encroachment of neoliberalism. The article examines how students in Philadelphia have responded to attempts to dismantle public education by focusing on two youth organizing groups, the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Youth United for Change, that lead the initiative.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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