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November 11, 2016
Last month, dozens of youth and adults walked the streets of Long Beach as a part of the Every Student Matters Campaign Civic Engagement Celebration. Prior to precinct walking, Children’s Defense Fund – California and Public Counsel gave community members an early preview of their report on racial justice and equity in Long Beach Schools.
The report, Untold Stories Behind One of America’s Best Urban School Districts, explores how students, especially students of color and high-need students — low-income, English Learner, special education, and foster youth — have been impacted in recent years by exclusionary school climate practices.
Co-author and CDF-CA Senior Policy Associate Angelica Salazar said the report seeks to encourage more district-community collaboration that supports student learning and a universal pathway to college and career for LBUSD students—particularly high-need students.
“This report uplifts stories and perspectives from students and stakeholders in order to achieve our collective vision for a robust, positive, supportive and racially just climate in Long Beach that results in both academic success and social-emotional wellness for all students,” she said.
Angelica and Sarah Omojola, previously with Public Counsel and the other author of the report, provided a summary of findings and recommendations before the group started canvassing the neighborhood to urge residents to vote on Nov. 8.