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Students Ask Betsy Devos The Tough Questions

March 13, 2017

“Betsy Devos: What will you do to make sure all student feel safe and welcome in their schools?” – Nailiah Williams, CFJ Youth Leader EdSource recently asked education leaders what they would ask Betsy Devos if they had the chance. CFJ youth leaders spoke with their reporter to raise up the issues that matter most. Read more…

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A Call for All California Schools to be Sanctuaries

December 1, 2016

Californians for Justice signed an open letter with 120 organizations urging California education officials to ensure that no school concedes to cooperating with the new Trump administration in raids, deportation and the profiling of immigrants. With 20 years of fighting for Racial and Educational Justice, we have been here countless times. We encourage you to join…

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6 Things You Should Know About The State of Education

June 16, 2016

“Old ways will not open new doors. Education is changing. How can we reimagine what schools should look like?” – Erica Hasenbeck, Restorative Practices Manager, Fresno Unified School District In May, Californians for Justice and Teacher Associations in Oakland, San Jose, and Fresno came together to discuss the State of Education for low-income students of…

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Why California’s New Grading System For Public Education Should Matter To You!

April 21, 2016

National School Testing ranks California schools almost last in US annual test scores. As the demographics of California students continues to shift to majority low-income and students of color, will California’s new Grading System be good enough to close the Achievement Gap? Will we usher in a system that puts Equity at the center for…

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Flipping the Frame

April 16, 2015

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,…

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Mercury News Editorial: Major Changes Needed in School Funding Formula

August 7, 2014

Mercury News Editorial When Gov. Jerry Brown was stumping for his plan to overhaul school financing, he promised it would do two things: return more control over spending to districts and ensure that disadvantaged children get the help they need to succeed. “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice,” Brown said. Lawmakers,…

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La voz del estudiante importa, y el momento es ahora!

June 18, 2014

We are right in the middle of our 7-month campaign to ensure that students’ voices are heard, valued, and reflected in the district’s accountability and funding plans. CFJ and the Student Voice Coalition have asked the State Board of Education to define the student’s consultation by creating a formal process, giving the districts a menu…

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