Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.
I was blown away by CFJ’s role in involving students in the education policy process.
I met Saa’un Bell at the San Jose fundraising dinner, who handles media for CFJ and is a journalist for Oakland Voices. We had a conversation about integrating more student voices into Cloaking Inequity and peer reviewed research. Saa’un sent me a few fantastic questions via email, and I also had a few in reply, so I suggested we do a podcast to discuss student activism in education education policy. I hope its helpful. The questions we discussed were:
- What’s your take on how legislators, education advocates, etc. view student education advocates and organizers?
- Do they see them as equal players in advocating for a quality education?
- If not, what’s your take on how (different things students can do) to get students on equal footing?
- Do legislators and edu advocates think students holding their districts accountable when it comes to the LCFF/LCAP helpful?
The final question about LCFF/LCAP refers to the new bottom-up approach to accountability and school finance recently implemented in California. Read Local Accountability is HAPPENING: New, Peer-Reviewed, and LIVE in D.C.! Also see the Community-based accountability category feed.
Here is the conversation unedited.
I hope we have another conversation soon.
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