Category Archives: Schools

The California Endowment Awards $200,000 Grant to EJS to Remedy Disparate School Discipline

The California Endowment has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Equal Justice Society to improve the social and emotional health of youth by reducing the use of harsh discipline and increasing the use of positive, trauma-responsive practices throughout California. The grant will allow EJS to explore the development of a statewide network of schools model […]
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KHSD Community Meeting in Bakersfield: A Positive Step Forward

  Last week, over 60 Kern High School District (KHSD) parents and students (as well as several KHSD administrators) gathered in Bakersfield for a community meeting to learn about next steps in the wake of a landmark settlement reached this summer with KHSD as a result of school discipline policies that disproportionately impact students of […]
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Kern Latino and African American Students Achieve Victory in Landmark Settlement with Kern High School District

Latino and Black students enrolled in the Kern High School District, together with their parents and community activist organizations Dolores Huerta Foundation, National Brotherhood Association, and Faith in Kern, obtained a historic settlement in their challenge to discriminatory practices. The plaintiffs were represented by a coalition of civil rights lawyers, including California Rural Legal Assistance, […]
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Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Move Forward On Behalf of Latino, Black Students Facing Discrimination in Kern County

A California District Court of Appeal panel has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a coalition of civil rights groups against Kern High School District (KHSD) over disciplinary policies that unlawfully target African American and Latino students.  The court summarily denied KHSD’s extraordinary writ request to revisit the trial court’s denial of dismissal. The […]
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EJS Supports Restorative Justice Student Rights Legislation

The Equal Justice Society joined a number of organizations in signing a letter in support of a California bill that would give school districts the tools necessary to keep kids in school. The bill is AB 2489, introduced by Calif. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and sponsored by Restorative Schools Vision Project (RSVP). This historic legislation would empower school districts wishing to […]
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