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Some CA Schools Look to Penalize Families For Not Volunteering

ABC News Reporter Chris Nguyen, reports from San Jose, that the “official word from the California Department of Education” is that “parents cannot be forced to volunteer.” But late last fall, an investigation conducted by the San Francisco non-profit Public Advocates, found that dozens of schools across California, some in the Bay Area, had rules in place to possibly penalize students whose parents didn’t fulfill mandatory service hours.

This led to the Department of Education to issue an advisory, reminding public and charter school officials of Assembly Bill 1575. It states that they cannot force parents into volunteering, nor can they charge fees to families in lieu of such a rule.

It was welcome news to College Prep alum, Sandra Cruz, a first-generation college student whose parents weren’t able to be as active as they would’ve liked.

“Some have low-income jobs or they make minimum wage, so taking a day off from work would’ve been [an extreme] hardship,” she said.

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Public Advocates, ACLU of Southern California, and Education Trust-West discuss a framework for analysis and advocacy around Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs)

Public Advocates’ Managing Attorney John Affeldt, ACLU of Southern California’s Director of Education Advocacy/Legal Counsel David Sapp, and Education Trust-West’s Director of Research and Policy Analysis Carrie Hahnel present a framework for analysis of local educational agency (LEA) LCAPs, including how to understand and leverage the incremental disbursement of supplemental and concentration funds to the LEA.

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CQE Day of Action

Student representatives from Youth Together dressed as prisoners to illustrate the school-to-prison pipeline at the CQE Day of Action in Sacramento on May 21, 2013. The Oakland students, along with dozens of others from around the state, went to the capitol to urge lawmakers to pass Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula.

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In a video compiled from dozens of clips submitted from across the state, California’s parents and students speak out about the broken school finance system that has failed a generation and why they have come together to participate in a historic lawsuit, CQE et.al. v. California. For more information, see fairschoolsnow.org

Video editing by: Rasquaché Film Productions.
Music: “African Oranges” by Steve Enstad and Scott Gagner,

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