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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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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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Celebrating Our Mothers For Their Love And Resilience

May 6, 2016

Our mothers have brought so much joy and love to our lives. Their light and strength has kept our families together and has helped carried us through our hardest struggles. A mother’s love and resilience goes beyond race, gender, sexual orientation, income and immigration status. Mamahood is not one-size fits all. Our family structures are as…

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Celebrating Top 10 Teachers That Are Closing the Belief Gap | Press Release

May 3, 2016

California Students Honor Teachers on National Teacher’s Appreciation Day Teachers that are closing the Belief Gap Contact: Saa’un P. Bell | saaun@caljustice.org | 562.472.7687 California– What makes a great teacher? Each and everyone one of us can recall that one teacher that changed our lives. Teachers that inspired us, taught us to pursue our passions…

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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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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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What Can Students Do When Given a Voice in Their Schools?

October 15, 2015

Two years ago, California for Justice student leaders fought to have their voices to be heard in the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula – driving more resources to students with the most needs. Since then, students have continued to flex their power in making sure the state and their school districts listen to…

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Calling on our schools to VALUE all students

October 15, 2015

Californians for Justice launched the Student Voice Campaign in 2014 with one goal – for student voices to be heard, valued, and reflected in their schools. Our recent wins– from equitable school funding to more fair discipline policies have created an opportunity for great change in our schools. But before we can close the opportunity…

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