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Youth Leaders Convene for a Weekend of Learning

June 23, 2015

Just a few weeks ago, 50 students gathered in the Santa Cruz mountains for a weekend of learning, bonding, and growing – the first of many steps ramping up toward the launch of a new campaign this fall. Students learned from each other, built new relationships with students from across the state, and weighed in on…

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United Voices for Change

June 23, 2015

When students and adults are empowered to lead, our schools thrive. On May 16th, almost 100 students and adults representing 17 grassroots organizations, education associations, and unions filled the room for Cal Justice Talks: United Voices for Change to launch a movement where students and adults continue to flip the frame by working together to…

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Congratulations 2015 Racial Justice Organizers of Today!

April 10, 2015

In February 2015, Californians for Justice piloted an innovative addition to our Leadership Development Program – an intensive Leadership Bootcamp intended to enhance the skills of our advanced leaders. The 24 students who participated from Oakland & San Jose were the first cohort of advanced and empowered youth leaders who will lead their peers in…

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What’s Working in Education?

April 9, 2015

With over 90 people in attendance from all over California, the “What’s working in Education” convening was highlighted by powerful community building, deep & valuable conversations among students, parents, community organizers and 16 presenters who are doing amazing work in Public Education. Attendees discussed a range of education topics: from health, school climate, Common Core,…

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A Vision for Student Voice

March 4, 2015

by Reginald Quartey, CFJ Student Leader This is my vision of student voice: It is a place where quality teaching isn’t a person reading from a textbook verbatim , going to a counselor isn’t just because you want to change your class, and a student doesn’t have to feel like they aren’t learning because there…

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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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Raising the Bar on Stakeholder Engagement

August 25, 2014

from Leadership Magazine – Association of California School Administrators CFJ Student leader Tony Bui, and the Student Voice Campaign are featured in this piece on Stakeholder Engagement in LCFF. Read the full piece here (p. 16-17)

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Champions of Our Own Education

August 7, 2014

“We students are doing our part to be champions of our own education, will you take a stand and be a champion of education with us?” – Chris, Student Voice Campaign Leader On July 10th, Chris and over 200 students, parents, and allies stormed the California State Capitol to send this message. Students Can’t Wait.…

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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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