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 … Continue reading The California Endowment Awards $200,000 Grant to EJS to Remedy Disparate School Discipline
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 … Continue reading KHSD Community Meeting in Bakersfield: A Positive Step Forward
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, … Continue reading Kern Latino and African American Students Achieve Victory in Landmark Settlement with Kern High School District
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 … Continue reading Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Move Forward On Behalf of Latino, Black Students Facing Discrimination in Kern County
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 … Continue reading EJS Supports Restorative Justice Student Rights Legislation
With more drastic tuition hikes on the horizon, some students of color fear their communities will be hardest hit. KTVU.com story by Lindsey Freeland includes interview with Equal Justice Society staff attorney Sara Jackson.
This was written by D'Artagnan Scorza, the Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute. African American students at UC San Diego were shocked and demoralized by a “Compton Cookout" that took place this past Monday February 15. According to the Facebook invitation, students from several fraternities organized this party in honor of Black History Month, … Continue reading White Fraternity Students Hold Racist Party in ‘Honor’ of Black History Month
Yesterday marked an important victory for advocates of school diversity and equal opportunity. A California Court of Appeals ruled that Berkeley Unified School District’s policy of taking neighborhood demographics into account when making school assignments is not discriminatory as alleged by challengers. The Court concluded that the District’s plan “does not show partiality, prejudice or … Continue reading Calif. Appellate Court Upholds Promoting Diversity in Schools