Clear Channel's Power 99 is going to stop the music tonight  to talk about increasing the peace in our schools. Recent violence at Bartram high school brings to the forefront the challenges many Philadelphia schools, students, teachers and parents are facing.

Is it a parent issue, is it staffing and lack of funding? A new Vanderbilt university study suggests that teaching younger students’ conflict-resolution skills -- to think before they act -- could be more effective than other techniques for reducing violence.

We're going to talk about those challenges and look at what call to action we can come to. In the next hour we're stopping the music and we bringing the rise and grind morning show with Mikey Dredd Mina SayWhat and Mutha Knows and WDAS afternoon air personality Frankie Darcell plus an panel of experts to help us guide the conversation

Joining us in the studio is Otis D. Hackney III  a dedicated educator who currently serves as the principal of south Philadelphia high school.  Mr. Hackney took on the challenge of his career when he returned to the school district of Philadelphia on July 1, 2010 to serve as principal of south Philadelphia high school in the wake of tremendous racial upheaval and strife.  His collaborative approach has been credited with a dramatic reduction in school violence

Jody Greenblatt from Stoneleigh foundation working with the School Reform Commission on creating a comprehensive and sustainable Philadelphia school safety strategy. She has a passion for prevention approaches that work and that can be integrated into large public systems.

Marcus Allen  is the CEO  of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  He is the  first African American to serve as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is an innovative and successful mentoring program.

Sylvia Simms is not only the founder of Parent Power  a parent activist but Mayor Nutter named her to the SRC. We also want you the listeners to join us in the conversation by calling 215-263-6699 or worldwide 800-669-99fm.  Join us on twitter @power99