Building Welcoming and Safe Schools for All California’s Students

Californians know our diversity contributes to the strength, prosperity, creativity and innovation of the state––and all students in our public schools have a fundamental right to education, health, and safety. However, too many of California’s students are expressing fear, sadness and concern for their and their family’s safety. The ongoing national debates on immigration, refugee, transgender, school safety, and other civil and human rights policies directly impact students across the nation and in California.

In response to these concerns, young people have been leading the charge, organizing massive student marches and walkouts to demand real solutions to address school safety and climate issues. This is especially true here in California. The youth in California’s public schools are amongst the most diverse in the nation. We must follow the lead of students and take action for our immigrant students, students of color, LGBTQ youth, and students of faith who have been disproportionately targeted by hate crimes and divisive rhetoric.

The Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution is an example of one these grassroots efforts across the state, developed by student leaders and youth organizers from the YO! California network in collaboration with the Advancement Project, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), Tom Torlakson, and other education advocates. With hopes to finalize and release the resolution in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the Welcoming and Safe Schools for All resolution provides a model for local school board members, educators, student and parent leaders, and grassroots organizations to work together to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our students.

For more background on the effort, please read this blog by Advancement Project’s Director of Governmental Relations, Khydeeja Alam Javid.

Stay tuned to the YO! Cali news page for updates and details on the public release of the Model Resolution.