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Why Race and Relationships Matter in California Schools

Together we have made real progress in public education that is clear and worthy of celebration. We have boldly pushed for equity to hold and uplift all of California’s…

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Why Relationship Centered Schools Matter For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer / Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

In 2014, Californians for Justice asked 2000 students and 65 education leaders: “What do students need to be prepared for college, careers, and community life?” Relationships between students and…

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6 Things School Staff Can Do to Interrupt Unconscious Bias

We all carry biases, but allowing implicit bias to go unchecked in the classroom is damaging to students and teachers alike. Learn 6 ways educators and staff can acknowledge,…

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Growing Connections, Transforming Beliefs – Student Voice Campaign Research Brief.

The Student Voice Campaign emerged in 2014 from the belief that the more than 6 million California students – three-quarters of whom are from communities of color, more than…

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Keeping Students at the Heart – Student Engagement in Year 1 of LCFF.

This report focuses primarily on lessons, best practices, and challenges based on Californians for Justice’s experiences engaging youth in LCFF in four school districts: East Side Union High School…

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The Rise of Student Voice.

When the historic new school funding law, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), passed in 2013 Californians for Justice (CFJ) stood ready to close the chapter on its decade-long campaign…

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No Knowledge, No College: Oakland High Students Rising to the Challenge.

From September 2010 to February 2011, CFJ students collected 500 surveys and conducted one-on-one interviews with students, parents, teachers and counselors. The survey was designed to look at the…

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Now That We Have the Facts California Parents and Students Voice Their Demands for Public Education.

Californians for Justice joined together with PICO California, California ACORN and Public Advocates to release the first statewide survey capturing parent and student voices from low- and middle-income neighborhoods,…

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The ABCs of Justice: Students and Parents Fighting for Racial Justice in California Schools.

This report documents the first four years of CFJ’s work to win quality school conditions for all students in California schools. From how CFJ developed it’s education focus to…

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First Things First Why we must stop punishing students and fix California’s schools.

First Things First is a 2003 report on school inequality and the impact of the California High School Exit Exam. The report examines the failures of the California educational…

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Eyes On Education: A Proposal for East Side Union High Schools.

Californians for Justice students and staff conducted research with over 1,000 ESUHSD students and with many East Side Union district staff. This 2002 report summarizes what we learned about…

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LCFF Engagement Toolkit

The 2013-2014 school year was a historic turning point for students across California. The passage of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) created a more equitable and flexible funding…

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Rising Expectations for Higher Education: College Access Campaign Toolkit

Californians for Justice has compiled workshops, organizing tools, survey templates and other resources that were used to wage our recent local campaigns to improve college access, particularly our Long…

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