PSU December Update

Here’s how PSU is building student power this month:

  • Petition: take action to protect Providence schools
  • Standing with youth after the election
  • Community leaders needed for Ethnic Studies!

Take action to protect Providence schools

Efforts by the Achievement First charter school network to expand in Rhode Island would cost Providence Schools millions in income every year and necessitate broad cuts to the key programs students rely on. This is a dire situation, with serious consequences for our young people. Thankfully you can have a say.

Sign the petition—take a stand against Charter School expansion and prevent deep cuts to student services.

This petition is an important first step, but protecting Providence students from devastating budget cuts will require so much more. Reply to this email or message contact@providencestudentunion.org for more information on getting involved.


Standing with youth after the Election

The November election results prompted feelings of confusion, anger, and fear for students across the city. It also, however, motivated the PSU team to work even harder. Here’s what we did:

  • Hosted a screening of the film The 13th for 35+ students
  • Supported a student-organized “Resisting Trump” workshop for 25 youth
  • Facilitated post-election conversations at 4 high schools
  • Committed to new, bold organizing actions in the New Year

The election also left many students feeling vulnerable and seeking support. PSU is collecting and sharing community members’ statements of support with students.

Click here to let PSU members know you #standwithyouth.

Passionate community leaders needed for upcoming Ethnic Studies meetings

We’re continuing our work with the Providence School Department to push for Ethnic Studies courses across the city. We’re already in 5 schools, but we need community support to get us all the way!

PSU is looking for community leaders to work alongside students to strengthen and promote the Ethnic Studies curriculum. Interested community members should have expertise in culturally relevant education and/or local organizing.

Are you interested? Do you know someone with Ethnic Studies experience who would be a good fit? Email paul@providencestudentunion.org for more information.


That’s all for December. Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Love,
Providence Student Union

PS: The expansion of Achievement First’s charter school network in RI would drastically undermine the ability of districts like Providence and Central Falls to provide students with essential services like guidance counselors and social workers, and may even lead to school closures. Please sign and share. And email contact@providencestudentunion.org or if you want to get more involved.

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