This week, over 100 student activists will be headed to the California State capitol to demand a change.
For months, student voice supporters have rallied in their hometowns and in Sacramento, and met with legislators and school board members across the state to send one common message: Students are the missing link in improving our schools and they must be heard. New money coming into schools intended for low income, English learner, and foster youth cannot be spent without asking those same students what they need to be successful.
Students want their input to be heard, valued, and reflected when school districts decide how they will use money from the new school funding formula. Students are concerned that the money intended for high need students (English learner, low income, and foster students) will be allocated without listening directly to the students who are most affected and who know what they need.
Last week, the State Board of Education released a revision of the regulations governing how districts involve the community in their budget decision-making. Thanks to months of hard work, and your generous support, the Student Voice Campaign’s demands were partially implemented, but the Board has a long way to go to show that they truly value students and their input!
The State of California has failed it’s students by leaving them out of the new funding law. So this Thursday, over 150 students and their allies will fill the capitol to let the State Board of Education know that their work is not done yet! Students will lead a rally and march and speak directly to the Board to send the message that Students Can’t Wait – the youth most affected by this new funding MUST be heard.