Parents Continue Fight for High Needs Students in Long Beach

Mar. 5, 2019 / By and

Long Beach parents attended a forum Saturday to address, in their view, two disparities: achievement gaps and funding gaps across the school district.

Organized by local advocacy group Long Beach Forward, the forum also pinned solutions to include more equity and resources for high-needs students (which include English leaners, foster children, and low-income students across the district) and more afterschool support for students and parents.

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Sarahi Apaez

Sarahi Apaez

Sarahi is a multimedia journalist from Wilmington, California. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University, where she reported for the bilingual community newspaper and served as video editor for the campus newspaper. When she’s not working, you can find her taking photos or cruising down the streets in her roller skates.

Ceferino Martirez

Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Ceferino immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, part Spanish and part Malayan. Ceferino still dealt with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and the West Side Representatives for the Long Beach Youth Committee. He is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives, trade unionization and an advocate for a Federalization for working class Hispanics