Campaigns

Learn more about our ongoing campaigns and the victories we've achieved!

 
 

Featured

 

Jan 2016
to
present

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ETHNIC STUDIES CLASSES

In Progress

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 10 >

Over 90% of Providence students are youth of color, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the Providence Public Schools curriculum. Without culuturally relevant coursework, students struggle to see themselves in the material and as important voices in our world. So, in 2016, inspired by similar fights in California, Arizona, and Texas, Providence students decided it was time to fight for Ethnic Studies in their schools. This fight is still ongoing!

 
 

Mar 2015
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present

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FIX OUR SCHOOLS

In Progress

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 13 >

Crumbling buildings, deteriorating infrastructure, and unsafe health conditions have been a fact of life in Providence high schools for too long, adversely affecting students' health and education. In 2015, PSU launched a campaign to Fix Our Schools: calling for an end to the moratorium on school construction in RI, and for greater investment in school repairs. This campaign will continue until we realize our vision of a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

 
 

Jan 2014
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Jun 2015

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WALK IN OUR SHOES

Success!

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 19 >

Before this campaign, only students living 3 miles or more away from school were eligible to receive a bus pass from Providence Public Schools, meaning some students had to walk up to 6 miles round-trip to go to school. The Walk in Our Shoes campaign focused on getting decision-makers to experience what it was like for many students to get to school, with the goal of reducing the minimum home-to-school radius required for a bus pass. PSU pushed the City to reduce the radius to 2.5 miles in 2015 and to 2 miles in 2016, allowing over 1800 additional students annually to be eligible for bus passes.

 
 

Jan 2013
to
Jun 2014

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MORE THAN A TEST SCORE

Success!

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 10 >

This campaign challenged Rhode Island's testing policy that would have required students to pass an exam to graduate high school. With multiple years of creative, memorable actions, PSU led the fight against the policy and ultimately eliminated the requirement in all Rhode Island schools.

 
 
 

Oct 2013
to
Nov 2013

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SAVING ALVAREZ HIGH SCHOOL

Success!

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 13 >

PSU rapidly organized this campaign in the last few months of 2013, when the city of Providence announced that they planned to close Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, a school of approximately 400 students. Students quickly took action to demand the school remain open, from organizing a community meeting to testifing to the School Board. Not only was Alvarez kept open as a high school, but another neighborhood school, West Broadway Middle School, was reopened in the area.

 
 
 

Jan 2010
to
Jun 2010

HOPE HIGH SCHEDULE

Success!

< Student Bill of Rights – Article 9 >

PSU’s very first campaign at Hope High School aimed to keep a 90 minute block schedule, which allows for more electives and teacher planning time. The campaign included numerous meetings, a school walkout, and a state-level lawsuit that went all the way to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

 
 
 

Other Campaigns

 

PSU has also been involved in numerous smaller, school-based campaigns. Though these have been more targeted, they reflect the values and goals at the root of PSU's work. Each of our past campaigns relates in some way to the biggest campaign we've undertaken yet: the Student Bill of Rights (SBOR), an all-encompassing document that unites a range of student demands for a safe, healthy, and engaging education Below is a list of our school-based campaigns, categorized under its related SBOR article.

Article 3: Students have a right to provide input

  • Student jury (restorative justice): Hope High School, 2012–2013
  • Student communication wall: Alvarez High School, 2014
  • Feedback for teachers: Hope High School, ongoing

Article 6: Students have the right to be involved in making school decisions

  • Physics teacher hiring: Alvarez High School, 2012
  • Voice in principal hiring: Central High School, 2013–2014

Article 10: Students have the right to diverse teaching and learning methods

  • Online courses in classrooms: PCTA

Article 13: Students have the right to safe, comfortable, and healthy school buildings

  • Bathroom repair: Hope High School, 2011
  • Bathroom improvements: Classical High School, 2013
  • "Greenify" school campus: E-Cubed High School, 2015

Article 15: Students have the right to healthy food

  • Healthy school lunches: Hope High School, 2013
  • Diverse lunch menus: Central, Mount Pleasant, and E-Cubed High Schools

Article 18: Students have the right to break times

  • "Right to pee" (bathroom access): Central High School, 2016–2017