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California Budget Action Alert!

June 4, 2020

California is deciding on our budget soon! The California State Legislature will be voting on our state’s budget in the next two weeks. Because of COVID-19, we’re facing some large budget cuts when it comes to education, BUT there’s an opportunity to win some key pieces in the budget and actually leave many school districts…

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SF Chronicle Letter to the Editor: An Economic Crisis Is The Worst Time To Cut Education Funding by Saa’un Bell

May 28, 2020

An economic crisis during COVID-19 is the worst time to cut education funding.

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CFJ Youth Leading Together with LBUSD to Interrupt Bias in the Classroom

April 17, 2019

This weekend CFJ youth leaders and staff led a powerful bias training for Long Beach Unified School District teachers and administrators. The session was a unique twist to traditional trainings that center conversations on adults rather than students. CFJ youth leaders led the space and trained LBUSD staff participants on the ways implicit biases show…

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Press Release: Students and Parents Say School Climate is the Heart of Education

November 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (November 8, 2017) – Today, dozens of students, parents, grassroots organizations and education leaders from across the state join at the State Board of Education hearing one more time to make clear that school climate is the heart of education. The State Board of Education has yet to make school climate a top…

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The CA High School Exit Exam Is Kaput

October 17, 2017

The Exit Exam is officially kaput. Rightfully so. A test should not measure a student’s potential; especially when that test only furthered racial inequity for low-income students of color across California schools. When the exam launched in 2000 — low-income students of color rallied to Sacramento in waves. “First they test us, then they arrest…

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Equity That’s About Racial Justice – Hector Castaneda

June 26, 2017

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  Hector Castaneda participated as keynote speaker, sharing his indispensable experiences and bold…

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Bold Vision for Education – Naudika Williams

June 26, 2017

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…

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Let’s Talk About School Choice

May 16, 2017

Before Betsy DeVos assumed the role as the Secretary of Education in a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, she called “public education a ‘dead end.’” A month later, in her first speech to urban school district leaders, she declared that she “supports all public schools.” Betsy DeVos’ shuck and jive views on public…

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6 Reasons Why We Need Relationship Centered Schools

March 25, 2017

Relationship Centered Schools connects the dots. It breaks down walls, and brings people together. Here are the six reasons why we need Relationship Centered Schools: 1. 1 out of 3 students in California can’t identify a single caring adult If we applied the 2013-2015 California Healthy Kids survey statistic to the 6.2 million students in…

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