Youth Together Introduces Landmark Policy for Student Participation in Schools

For Immediate Release

Youth Together
Contact: 

CELESTE FAISON
Phone: 510-761-5161
Email: cfaison@youthtogether.net

Youth Together Introduces Landmark Policy for Student Participation in Schools

Emeryville, CA - Tomorrow, Emeryville School district in partnership with students from local non-profit Youth Together are set to present a landmark policy that would make California's Emeryville School District one of the first in the state to ensure full participation of students in their new Local Control Funding Formula Process. The announcement will take place during a press conference in front of the school board office at 1275 61st, Emeryville, CA 94608 at 5:30 pm.

“We are very excited about this policy and have worked very hard to make this happen, as students we want to be involved with decisions about our education, we want to be involved in budget decisions,” says Aliyah Muhammed, Lead Student Organizer with Youth Together and 10th grader at Emery Secondary School.

This policy, written by Emery Secondary School students, serves as an example of strong student oversight and participation in the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) process. LCFF, which passed last year gives a significant amount of control back to local school districts over their education budget and requires parent and community participation. Emeryville, with help from students from Youth Together, have worked to ensure students’ voice is included in this process. A statewide coalition of students has submitted numerous comments to the State Board of Education for how it could change state regulations to improve student voice in the LCFF process. The Board will indicate whether it will accept any of those suggestions at its July meeting.

The announcement and press conference will take place at 1275 61st, Emeryville, CA 94608 at 5:30 pm on the steps of the Emeryville School District’s office. Youth Together staff and students will be available on-site for comment.

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Youth Together - formed in 1996 to fight violence and racism and to improve our schools and communities. Youth Together began as a multiracial consortium of five community agencies and in 2003 became an independent non-profit. Youth Together works with five high schools across the East Bay that includes: Emery Secondary School, Richmond High School in Richmond, Castlemont Community of Small Schools in Oakland, Fremont Federation of High Schools in Oakland and Skyline High School in Oakland. www.YouthTogether.net.