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…

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,…

Shining Light On Incredible Oakland Teachers Who Build Relationships

This past Tuesday, 70 students, educators, administrators, board members and community members came together to honor Oakland’s educators at the annual Teacher Appreciation Awards sponsored by Californians for Justice and Oakland Education Association. Students nominated and awarded 10 unsuspecting teachers from 9 high schools for the positive impact they’ve had in their students’ lives. The…

Relationship Centered Schools Brief

In a time when public education is under attack, when we are facing a national teacher shortage, and when young people experience fear and isolation in their schools, we need a solution that works for all of us. That solution is Relationship Centered Schools. Relationship Centered Schools breaks down walls and brings people together so that every…

Making It Work: Student Leaders Speak Up at EdSource Symposium

EdSource held its annual symposium on education policy at the Oakland Convention Center. This year’s symposium, “Making It Work: Implementing California’s New Vision for School Success”, brought together dedicated educators & leaders in education to discuss the implications of the new systems our State of Board of Education adopted. Amongst those in attendance were CFJ…

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…