The Student Voice Campaign!
Led by the Student Voice Coalition, the Student Voice Campaign set out to win an increased role for students in California’s new school funding formula (LCFF) in April 2014. And in 7 months…
We WON our Campaign!
Watch: Fresno Unified Hearing
Watch: Equity Now! Learn why students are speaking up about adequate and equitable school funding.
What We’re Fighting For
We want the voices of students to be heard, valued, and reflected in school district decision making in how to spend money from the new school funding law (LCFF). Currently, the LCFF law has a process for stakeholders like parents, teachers and others to weigh in on what LCFF money should be spent on, but students have no formal process for making their voices heard. We are calling on the State Board of Education to:
- create a FORMAL PROCESS for student input.
- give districts a MENU of options to engage students.
- update the guiding QUESTIONS for district plans.
Giving students a voice in LCFF will ensure that the millions of dollars of new funding truly addresses the diverse needs of students in California so our State will be the model of 21st century education.
The Student Voice Coalition is anchored by Californians for Justice in partnership with these Core members and Champions of student voice:
Individual Champions of student voice:
Superintendent Chris Funk (East Side Union High School District)
County Board Member Darcie Green (Santa Clara)
County Board Member Leon Beauchman (Santa Clara)
District Board Member Teresa Castellanos (San Jose Unified)
Principal Vito Chiala (Overfelt High School, San Jose)
The Coalition is also supported by 30 leading educational justice and advocate groups that represent 850,000 students and families across California:
Black Organizing Project
Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition
Campaign for Quality Education
Children’s Defense Fund
Communities for a New California
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
Families in Schools
Fresno Building Healthy Communities
Fresno Center for New Americans
Gay Straight Alliance Network of California
Great Oakland Public SchoolsLeadership Center
Helping Others Pursue Excellence
Khmer Girls in Action
Oakland Unified Meaningful Student Engagement
Oakland Community Organizations
Oakland Kids First
Parent Leadership Action Network
Partnership For Children & Youth
Reading and Beyond
Sacred Heart Community Services
The kNOw Youth Media
Youth Leadership Institute
Thank you to the following educators who engaged in a dialogue with students to provide feedback on their proposal for meaningful student voice in the LCFF:
State Board of Education Members and Staff
Jesse Zhang, Trustee Bruce Holaday, Trustee Brooks Allen, Deputy Policy Director & Assistant Legal Counsel Elisa Wynne, Project Manager, Local Control Funding Formula
District Board of Education Members Frank Biehl, Trustee, East Side Union High School District Magdalena Carrasco, Trustee, East Side Union High School District Christopher De La Cerda, Trustee, Fresno Unified School District Cal Johnson, Trustee, Fresno Unified School District Carol Mills, J.D., Trustee, Fresno Unified School District Janet Ryan, Trustee, Fresno Unified School District Megan Kerr, Trustee, Long Beach Unified School District James Harris, Trustee, Oakland Unified School District David Kakishiba, Trustee, Oakland Unified School District
District Superintendents Chris Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District Michael Hanson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District Gary Yee, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
District Staff Ruth Quinto, Deputy Superintendent and CFO, Fresno Unified School District Robert Tagorda, Director of Equity, Access, and College and Career Readiness, Long Beach Unified School District Raquel Jimenez, Family and Community Engagement Specialist , Oakland Unified School District
Local Principals Matin Abdel-Qawi, Principal, Oakland High School Vito Chiala, Principal, Overfelt High School