The Issues: Ensuring Social Justice and Equity are Prioritized in Our Schools

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Autonomy

We need to provide schools local autonomy.  Formal accountability metrics should respect the goals established by school-site stakeholders.  Schools should decide how they staff their schools, how they use their funding to best support their needs. We need to loosen the restrictions that make it harder for us to do our work.  If we want to build positive school cultures than we need to provide schools the funding flexibilities to be able to do this at their sites.  This includes making it easier to develop partnerships, host events and provide students incentives to improve attendance, academic performance and school pride.

College and Career Readiness

We need to have authentic college and career goals.  This means closing the graduation and college eligibility gap and Investing in A-G access and Career and Technical Education for all students.  This includes investing in college and career counselors and reducing counselor to student ratios.

Students should have access and opportunity to reach their full potential and attain higher education. Ensuring access to a high quality, holistic education will set students on a path for education and career success.  

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Community Schools

We need to invest in full wrap-around services at an early age so that children get the help and support needed to be ready to learn and grow.  We need to work with public officials in more strategic ways.

Issues of trauma and violence impact our students ability to learn. We need to make sure that public officials play a key role in creating healthy communities because teaching and learning is enhanced when there are healthy environments both in and out of school.

Equity

We need a focus on equity.  All schools should serve all children.  We must challenge the inequities that our current system reproduces making it harder for some schools to achieve success, while allowing successful schools to exclude our most marginalized students.  

This includes evening the playing field between charters and traditional district schools by having full transparency in enrollment practices, as well as ensuring an equitable distribution of high-need students.