Lawrence Jones-Mahoney is one of several student activists who have been in the forefront of the Philadelphia small schools movement. He has gone to more than a hundred meetings and traveled to several cities as a member of the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU), which has been pressing the District since 2002 to convert West Philadelphia High into four smaller, themed schools.
West Philadelphia High School graduate
Joined PSU in ninth grade
Getting into it: I started getting involved in ninth and tenth grades when PSU was organizing agains tprivatization and trying to get it out of the School District. We had a real big fight about that and that's what interested me in Student Union. I saw that we actually won something and made a change, and that was decent.