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CFJ In The News: California’s Search for Education Equity

March 13, 2017

Just a few years ago, Californians for Justice helped end a 10 year effort to bring equitable funding to our schools. As organizations, teachers, students, and districts work to figure out how to use that funding to move all students towards success, a few have found that centering relationships in classrooms and schools can equal…

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Betsy DeVos and the threat to Public Education

February 7, 2017

DeVos’ confirmation is not about challenging the status quo to create a better public education system. It is about providing a false narrative that public education is “flush with billions of dollars.” It is about reinforcing a system of winners and losers.   Just ask DeVos’ home state, Michigan, which now leads the U.S in…

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20th Anniversary Youth Leadership Series: Introducing Francisco Cortez

July 24, 2016

Californians for Justice was the defining moment for me where I realized that I could make a difference in my community. Before Californians for Justice, I was shy and quiet. I wasn’t sure that I had what it takes to be a leader. Leaders can stand up in front of a room and talk to…

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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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What’s the State of Education in East San Jose, Oakland and Fresno? Sign up for the webinars.

April 21, 2016

A Race in Education Series. #Raceinedu Californians for Justice and Teacher Associations in Oakland, East San Jose and Fresno team up to bring you the State of Education from perspectives in the classroom. In celebration of Californians for Justice’s 20th Anniversary, we are kicking off a year-long Race in Education series across the State. The webinar…

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Youth Control $50,000 of School Budget in First-of-its-Kind Process

June 23, 2015

Angel Fernandez was one of many CFJ student leaders who led an effort in San Jose to move their district to implement an innovative democratic process that would allow students to allocate a portion of their school’s budget to where they felt it was most needed. In early 2014, students began meeting with school and…

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Royals Rise Up! Participatory Budgeting Comes to San Jose

March 4, 2015

“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…

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

November 17, 2014

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…

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CFJ Youth Leaders Demand More Accountability in California’s New Funding Formula

August 7, 2014

On January 16th, 2014 over 300 administrators, parents, and students attended the State Board of Education meeting in Sacramento to weigh in on the emergency regulations proposed for the Local Control Funding Formula – a new way of funding schools intended to provide more support to students with the most needs. CFJ staff and youth…

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