The CA High School Exit Exam Is Kaput

The Exit Exam is officially kaput. Rightfully so. A test should not measure a student’s potential; especially when that test only furthered racial inequity for low-income students of color across California schools. When the exam launched in 2000 — low-income students of color rallied to Sacramento in waves. “First they test us, then they arrest…

Students Lead The Way For Relationship Centered Schools

Every single student deserves to feel welcomed, cared for, and supported to succeed in school. Unfortunately, every single day a student of color will wake up, go to school, sit in class, walk the halls for an entire school year without being able to identify a single caring adult at school. Student leaders have set…

Stand Up for Racial Justice – For Charlottesville

In the wake of Charlottesville, we are reminded that this latest episode of violence and racism is a part of a long history of racial injustice in America. To move forward, we must acknowledge what brought us to this very moment and the many events etched into the bloodstained fabric of America. We must acknowledge…

Equity That’s About Racial Justice – Hector Castaneda

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader  Hector Castaneda participated as keynote speaker, sharing his indispensable experiences and bold…

Students Believe The Local Control Funding Formula Is Working – Zhihao Guo

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader Zhihao Guo participated as the only student leader on the Bay Area…

Bold Vision for Education – Naudika Williams

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader  Naudika Williams participated as keynote speaker, sharing her indispensable experiences and bold…

Local budget wins move districts closer to Relationship Centered Schools

For four years, CFJ student leaders have been working with parents and community leaders to make the promise of equity real in the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) – school districts’ annual budget and goals. This year, CFJ leaders have harnessed the power of the LCAP to uplift student voice and transform their education…

Students Call On Legislators To Address California Teacher Shortage

Just last year, California’s teacher shortage forced schools to hire more than 10,000 underprepared teachers. The Learning Policy Institute has found that low-income students of color are 3 times more likely to be taught by an underprepared teacher. Underprepared teachers fall into 3 categories (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing):   Teachers who provisional intern permits,…