Californians for Justice winning victories for Student Voice & Relationships in districts across the state

This past school year, CFJ organizers and student leaders made real progress in the campaign to transform California public schools into Relationship Centered Schools. This framework emphasizes student voice, relationship building, and professional development for teachers and staff, making it essential to the success of Black, Brown, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander students. By…

Making Good on the Promise of Racial Equity for California Schools

Why do community engagement and school climate matter for low-income families of color? Why are community power and decision-making vital to transforming our education systems? California is at a crossroads in the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the most sweeping reform to school funding in the state in 40 years. Fundamental to…

Young Voters Have Power to Transform Community

By Anais Sandoval Born and raised in Long Beach as a first generation Mexican-American I faced many challenges  while enrolled in public education. There was no support from teachers or staff on campus to guide the students that struggled academically. Unaware of valuable information that could change my life, it was community organizations like Californians…

CFJ Launches Racial Justice Education Platform

More than three quarters of the six million children and young people who make up California’s public school population are young people of color. This means the present and future success of California rely upon equitable and racially just education for all young people. Over the last decade, we have brilliantly and boldly been the…

LCFF Community Engagement & School Climate Bill Introduced

LCFF Mend & Defend Coalition  In July 2017, 15 grassroots organizations representing over 40 districts across the state came came together to “defend and mend” the Local Control Funding Formula. We held an “LCFF is working” press conference centered on the powerful testimonies of students, parents and advocates on the importance of LCFF. Since the “LCFF…

Californians for Justice Top 5 Highlights of 2017

2017 has been a meaningful year for Californians for Justice. In the wake of a federal government that endorses hate, racism, and growing inequality, it has reaffirmed our commitment and fired us up even more to organize, resist, and lead the way with progressive policy solutions and action to transform public education – for the…

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,…