By seeing young people as experts on their educational experiences we can shift school culture, improve academic outcomes, and develop lifelong community and civic leaders. This starts by ensuring that every student, especially the voices and experiences of low-income students of color are heard, valued, and reflected in the continuous improvement of their schools.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is healing deep wounds in the education system caused by over 40 years of underfunding and under-serving students of color and their families. Since its passage, the LCFF has shifted more power to students, parents, educators, and community members by providing stakeholders a meaningful role in improving California’s public schools.
At Californians for Justice we believe that our schools cannot address racial disparities and gaps in education by solely focusing on the achievement gap--they must also focus on the belief gap. We envision an education system that sees young people as whole, where every adult they encounter in school believes in their fullest potential to learn and succeed in life, college, and career.
When young people feel safe, supported and empowered to succeed we know that our schools are set up for success. We envision a diverse and equitable environment that feels more connected and whole; one where staff, students, and families are provided avenues of understanding and, together, are invested in leading a community-driven school.
Californians for Justice recognizes the critical role education plays in the lives of young people and families. Access to a quality education gives young people an opportunity to succeed, thrive, and realize their dreams. To truly advance racial equity in our schools we must acknowledge how race and racism play key roles in shaping the experiences of young people on three levels – institutional, interpersonal, and internal.