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Students Lead The Way For Relationship Centered Schools

September 22, 2017

Every single student deserves to feel welcomed, cared for, and supported to succeed in school. Unfortunately, every single day a student of color will wake up, go to school, sit in class, walk the halls for an entire school year without being able to identify a single caring adult at school. Student leaders have set…

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Students and Parents Push Back: Local Control Funding Formula Is Working! Press Release

July 12, 2017

Students and Parents Push Back: Local Control Funding Formula Is Working! Attacks on LCFF move student and parent leaders to defend equitable funding in California On July 12th, 2017– A coalition of diverse, low-income, and immigrant students and parents from 17 organizations representing 30 cities from across California traveled to Sacramento and are joined by…

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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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Local budget wins move districts closer to Relationship Centered Schools

June 19, 2017

For four years, CFJ student leaders have been working with parents and community leaders to make the promise of equity real in the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs) – school districts’ annual budget and goals. This year, CFJ leaders have harnessed the power of the LCAP to uplift student voice and transform their education…

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

May 9, 2017

Today we honor teachers impacting the future of this country through the lives they transform in their classrooms.  Everyday, teachers go above and beyond to support their students facing personal challenges; believe in students by pushing them to grow and reach their fullest potential; by simply making time to ask: how are you doing?  …

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Four Cities, One Message: Relationships Matter

April 26, 2017

Across the state, CFJ student leaders are bringing school staff, district leaders, and elected officials together around one simple idea: Relationship Centered Schools. Here’s how they are doing it: Leading In San Jose – Students are organizing a Learning Tour for school principals, staff, and district leaders to see what a Relationship Centered School looks…

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Relationship Centered Schools Brief

April 10, 2017

In a time when public education is under attack, when we are facing a national teacher shortage, and when young people experience fear and isolation in their schools, we need a solution that works for all of us. That solution is Relationship Centered Schools. Relationship Centered Schools breaks down walls and brings people together so that every…

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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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Measuring Suspensions and More in California Schools Shows Commitment to Equity for Low-income Students of Color

May 12, 2016

(May 11th, 2016) – 14 years later, the impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has left the public education system wide open for sweeping changes. NCLB’s replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, requires the State to redefine how it grades schools. A decade plus of “teaching to the test” and an overwhelmingly complicated accountability…

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