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On Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Students Call on CA Leaders to Address Racial Inequality in Schools

May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA — On May 17th, Californians for Justice (CFJ) brought 100 students and parents from across the state to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to make good on the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, on the 64th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that mandated the desegregation of schools. CFJ held…

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Making Good on the Promise of Racial Equity for California Schools

May 14, 2018

Why do community engagement and school climate matter for low-income families of color? Why are community power and decision-making vital to transforming our education systems? California is at a crossroads in the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the most sweeping reform to school funding in the state in 40 years. Fundamental to…

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Proposed ‘One-time Funding’ Legislation Would Further Racial & Educational Equity through LCFF

April 10, 2018

Students and parents have teamed up with Assemblymember Kevin McCarty to propose legislation that would further racial and educational equity through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Assembly Bill 2820 will ensure that districts and schools have the tools to make sure students and families are engaged in improving their schools and are regularly surveyed…

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The Path Toward Racial Justice In Our Schools: Challenges & Collective Visions

April 3, 2018

Envisioning a Racially Just Education Conversations focused on five issues that are key levers to advancing racial justice: School Funding, School Climate, Teaching & Learning, Intersectional Issues, and Youth & Parent Voice.  Download the full summary. 

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CFJ Launches Racial Justice Education Platform

March 2, 2018

More than three quarters of the six million children and young people who make up California’s public school population are young people of color. This means the present and future success of California rely upon equitable and racially just education for all young people. Over the last decade, we have brilliantly and boldly been the…

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LCFF Community Engagement & School Climate Bill Introduced

March 2, 2018

LCFF Mend & Defend Coalition  In July 2017, 15 grassroots organizations representing over 40 districts across the state came came together to “defend and mend” the Local Control Funding Formula. We held an “LCFF is working” press conference centered on the powerful testimonies of students, parents and advocates on the importance of LCFF. Since the “LCFF…

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Californians for Justice Top 5 Highlights of 2017

January 9, 2018

2017 has been a meaningful year for Californians for Justice. In the wake of a federal government that endorses hate, racism, and growing inequality, it has reaffirmed our commitment and fired us up even more to organize, resist, and lead the way with progressive policy solutions and action to transform public education – for the…

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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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