Education Justice Task Force

Our Education Justice Task Force is acting to change high school expulsion policies, and end the school- to-prison pipeline.

We researched restorative justice practices, formed alliances and conducted a power analysis of Sonoma County school districts with high expulsion and suspension rates.

In 2014, with strong Task Force advocacy, Santa Rosa City Schools funded full staffing for restorative school discipline at all ten Middle and High School campuses.

With a crash course from our friends at Public Counsel in Oakland, we became  grass roots experts in California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (“LCFF”). LCFF funds are earmarked for Education Equity purposes. We learned how to use the state’s now Local Control Acountability Plan (“LCAP”)  process to make sure school districts use these earmarked funds in ways that really benefit educationally disadvantaged students.  We powered through pages and pages of planning documents and proposed LCAP language to Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Windsor school officials.

During the coming year we’ll be sharing what we learned more parents and impacted students.  We plan to deliver grass roots parent-advocate training tin Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg and the Sonoma Valley.