United Voices for Change

When students and adults are empowered to lead, our schools thrive. On May 16th, almost 100 students and adults representing 17 grassroots organizations, education associations, and unions filled the room for Cal Justice Talks: United Voices for Change to launch a movement where students and adults continue to flip the frame by working together to…

Flipping the Frame

by Mary McGinney, featured in Fresno Alliance As a Fresno City College student and recent graduate from Edison High School, I realized that I’ve learned so much in my four years with Californians for Justice (CFJ). CFJ approaches some of the issues we as teenagers and of color face nearly every day of our lives,…

Congratulations 2015 Racial Justice Organizers of Today!

In February 2015, Californians for Justice piloted an innovative addition to our Leadership Development Program – an intensive Leadership Bootcamp intended to enhance the skills of our advanced leaders. The 24 students who participated from Oakland & San Jose were the first cohort of advanced and empowered youth leaders who will lead their peers in…

What’s Working in Education?

With over 90 people in attendance from all over California, the “What’s working in Education” convening was highlighted by powerful community building, deep & valuable conversations among students, parents, community organizers and 16 presenters who are doing amazing work in Public Education. Attendees discussed a range of educatio n topics: from health, school climate, Common Core,…

Royals Rise Up! Participatory Budgeting Comes to San Jose

“This is going to affect Overfelt in a positive way. I think it will inspire students to make more democratic decisions like voting in the future. Most of our youth of color vote at low rates, and this will inspire them to see how it benefits themselves and the nation.” – Brisa Rojas, Overfelt High Student, PB Steering…

A Vision for Student Voice

by Reginald Quartey, CFJ Student Leader This is my vision of student voice: It is a place where quality teaching isn’t a person reading from a textbook verbatim , going to a counselor isn’t just because you want to change your class, and a student doesn’t have to feel like they aren’t learning because there…

Students Challenge the CA State Board of Education for a Voice, and Win!

WE DID IT! After just 7 months, the State Board of Education has officially approved all of the demands of the Student Voice Campaign! After a year of intense deliberation among lawmakers, education advocates, unions, parents, and students, the State Board of Education unanimously voted in the permanent Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) regulations. The regulations…

Raising the Bar on Stakeholder Engagement

from Leadership Magazine – Association of California School Administrators CFJ Student leader Tony Bui, and the Student Voice Campaign are featured in this piece on Stakeholder Engagement in LCFF. Read the full piece here (p. 16-17)

Champions of Our Own Education

“We students are doing our part to be champions of our own education, will you take a stand and be a champion of education with us?” – Chris, Student Voice Campaign Leader On July 10th, Chris and over 200 students, parents, and allies stormed the California State Capitol to send this message. Students Can’t Wait….

Student Voice Matters, and the Time is Now!

by Kenyon Davis We are directly in the middle of our 7 month campaign to ensure that the voices of the student are heard, valued, and reflected in District accountability & funding plans. CFJ and the Student Voice Coalition have called on the State Board of Education to define student consultation by creating a formal…