Celebrating Top 10 Teachers That Are Closing the Belief Gap | Press Release

California Students Honor Teachers on National Teacher’s Appreciation Day Teachers that are closing the Belief Gap Contact: Saa’un P. Bell | saaun@caljustice.org | 562.472.7687 California– What makes a great teacher? Each and everyone one of us can recall that one teacher that changed our lives. Teachers that inspired us, taught us to pursue our passions…

What Can Students Do When Given a Voice in Their Schools?

Two years ago, California for Justice student leaders fought to have their voices to be heard in the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula – driving more resources to students with the most needs. Since then, students have continued to flex their power in making sure the state and their school districts listen to…

Calling on our schools to VALUE all students

Californians for Justice launched the Student Voice Campaign in 2014 with one goal – for student voices to be heard, valued, and reflected in their schools. Our recent wins– from equitable school funding to more fair discipline policies have created an opportunity for great change in our schools. But before we can close the opportunity…

Blast From the Past — Student Voice & the CA High School Exit Exam

Former San Jose CFJ Student Leader Alumni and Lead Organizer Rosa De Leon San Jose Mercury News Op-ed: Exit exams unfairly limit students’ potential More than a decade ago– in 2001, hundreds of English Learners, low-income students, and students of color rallied against the California State Board of Education demanding the state end the CA…

Five Challenges To Centering Race in Education

Five Challenges To Centering Race in Education We envision a public education system that uplifts all students regardless of their zip code, income, or race. If we are to close the opportunity, learning, and achievement gaps of the present, we must be bold; we must have courageous conversations about race and it’s impact in our…

Californians for Justice Wins Student Advisory Committees

Student leaders have achieved an incredible feat in the last year. In four districts across the state, students have fought for, and won the creation of student led budget decision-making bodies within their districts. In some regions, students are breaking ground in the state, piloting projects California schools have never tried. In Long Beach, Oakland,…

Youth Control $50,000 of School Budget in First-of-its-Kind Process

Angel Fernandez was one of many CFJ student leaders who led an effort in San Jose to move their district to implement an innovative democratic process that would allow students to allocate a portion of their school’s budget to where they felt it was most needed. In early 2014, students began meeting with school and…