School Climate

Funding for LCFF Community Engagement Initiative: A Win for Grassroots Groups Across the State

June 27, 2018

Today, Governor Brown signed the 2018-2019 California state budget, including $28.3 million set aside to strengthen Local Control Funding Formula community engagement of students and parents in districts across the state! This is a direct victory for grassroots communities and Black, Brown, Asian and Pacific Islander folks across the state. The budget win is a…

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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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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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6 Reasons Why We Need Relationship Centered Schools

March 25, 2017

Relationship Centered Schools connects the dots. It breaks down walls, and brings people together. Here are the six reasons why we need Relationship Centered Schools: 1. 1 out of 3 students in California can’t identify a single caring adult If we applied the 2013-2015 California Healthy Kids survey statistic to the 6.2 million students in…

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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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