Million Dollar Hoods Community Forum, Wed. 7/24, 6pm

Million Dollar Hoods Community Forum, Wed. 7/24, 6pm

Million Dollar Hoods Community Forum

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
6-8 pm

Bear Mountain Recreation Center
10300 San Diego St
Lamont, CA 93241

Join us to learn about how millions of dollars are wasted every year when our communities are arrested and incarcerated by law enforcement.

This event is free and open to the public.
There will be snacks and raffle prizes!

Arvin City Mayor, Jose Gurrola, will be present.

For more information, contact: Timo Prado, DHF South Kern Organizer (661) 699-6597

Foro Comunitario

Miercoles 24 de Julio 2019
6-8 pm

En el Salon San Diego
10300 San Diego St
Lamont, CA 93241

Venga a conocer cómo se desperdician millones de dólares cada año cuando nuestras comunidades son arrestadas y encarceladas por la policía.

Es gratis y abierto al publico. Vamos a tener bocadillos y rifas!

El alcalde de Arvin, Jose Gurrola, estará presente.

Contacto: Timo Prado (661) 699-6597

Dignity in Schools Campaign CA First Statewide Parent Exchange, Sat. 7/13/19

Dignity in Schools Campaign CA First Statewide Parent Exchange, Sat. 7/13/19

DHF is proud to announce that on Saturday, July 13th, Vecinos Unidos parents will be convening, for the first time, with parents from across the state as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign CA network.

Parent leaders will convene for an opportunity to gain an understanding of how to create goals that will support the statewide mission to end the school to prison pipeline. Parents will share knowledge on how to organize as agents for change, showing solidarity between the Latinx and African American communities.

#EndSchoolPushout #DSCParentExchange #MeToWe

For updates on this parent exchange, and to learn how to get involved, visit Dignity in Schools California on Facebook.

KERN EDUCATION JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC HEARING, Mon. 6/3/19, 7pm

KERN EDUCATION JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC HEARING, Mon. 6/3/19, 7pm

Please join the DHF Youth (Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative) as they will be presenting their recommendations to the Kern High School District in efforts to improve their schools and educational outcomes for English Language Learners, Low income students, and foster youth.

KERN EDUCATION JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A PUBLIC HEARING

Monday, June 3, 2019 7-9 pm

at the KHSD Board Room
5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

Share YOUR voice in how Kern High School District spends our money! Join parents, community members, and students to amplify our collective voice in the KHSD. We need our schools to succeed!

More Counselors! Less Expulsions! More Nurses! Less
Suspensions!

Education Matters!

For more information contact:
DHF Education Policy Director, Cecilia Castro 661-428-1258

COLABORATIVA DE EDUCACIÓN JUSTA KERN TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UNA AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA

lunes 3 de junio de 2019 7-9 pm

en la Sala de Consejo de KHSD
ubicado en 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar de la Preparatoria de Kern usa nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, miembros de la comunidad y estudiantes del distrito escolar para compartir sus recomendaciónes para mejorar el distrito.

¡La educación importa!

Para más información contacte a:
DHF Directora de Política Educativa, Cecilia Castro 661-428-1258

SF School named for Dolores Huerta, raises funds to do even more.

SF School named for Dolores Huerta, raises funds to do even more.

From SF Weekly:

“Dolores Huerta Elementary School may be a new name for the Glen Park campus this year but they’re still working on living up to that identity.

The San Francisco Board of Education approved the name change in Augustbut murals, signage, plaques, and books for its community to recognize the full meaning of its new namesake costs money. In turn, parents on a name change committee launched a GoFundMe to raise $20,000 to fully honor Huerta, a longtime labor leader who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez and coined the phrase “Sí, se puede.”

“Our school is where we want to teach students the power of voice, the power of presence, the power of being, the power of standing up for dignity and fighting for equity, embodying the life lessons and activism of someone like Dolores Huerta,” said Luis Rodriguez, Dolores Huerta Elementary principal, in October. “By adopting the name of a strong Latina leader, we also would like to send a message of empowerment to all our female students, particularly our female students of color.”

Read the full article here.

Woodlake LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

Woodlake LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

WOODLAKE NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Friday, April 26, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

Woodlake Veteran’s Hall 335 N Acacia Woodlake, CA 93286

Let WUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Woodlake Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713

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VECINOS UNIDOS de SANGER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Viernes 26 de abril 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

Woodlake Veteran’s Hall 335 N Acacia Woodlake, CA 93286

WUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Woodlake está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713

Education Justice Town Halls Coming in April to Kern,  Fresno, and Tulare Counties!

Education Justice Town Halls Coming in April to Kern, Fresno, and Tulare Counties!

Let your local school district know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how your school district is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

For more information contact: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597


Hazle saber a tu distrito escolar local que queremos … ¡Más consejeros! ¡Más enfermeras! Menos suspensiones! ¡Menos expulsiones!

¡Descubra cómo USTED tiene una voz en cómo su distrito escolar está gastando nuestro dinero! ¡Únase a padres, activistas comunitarios y representantes escolares para hablar sobre lo que necesitamos para que nuestras escuelas tengan éxito!

Para mayor información contactar a: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597.


Lamont Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/16/19, 6pm

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

Arvin Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

California City EducationLCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

Sanger EducationLCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

Woodlake Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/26/19, 5:30pm

Parlier Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/30/19, 6pm

Sanger Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

Sanger Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/25/19, 6pm

SANGER NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Thursday, April 25, 2019 6-8 pm

DHF Hall, 1446 7th Street Sanger, CA 93657

Let SUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Sanger Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

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VECINOS UNIDOS de SANGER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Jueves 25 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el Salon de DHF, 1446 7th Street Sanger, CA 93657

SUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Sanger está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

Parlier Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/30/19, 6pm

Parlier Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/30/19, 6pm

PARLIER NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A TOWN HALL

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6-8 pm

Parlier Senior Center, 690 Newmark Ave. Parlier, CA 93648

Let PUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Parlier Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

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VECINOS UNIDOS de PARLIER TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UNFORO COMUNITARIO

Martes 30 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el Parlier Senior Center, 690 Newmark Ave. Parlier, CA 93648

PUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Parlier está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Lourdes Oliva 559-908-4692

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

Lindsay Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24, 5:30pm

LINDSAY NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

at the Strathmore Memorial Hall, 775 N Elmwood Lindsay, CA 93247

Let LUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Lindsay Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713

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VECINOS UNIDOS de LINDSAY TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Miercoles 24 de abril 2019 5:30-7:30 pm

at the Strathmore Memorial Hall, 775 N Elmwood Lindsay, CA 93247

LUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Lindsay está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Irlanda Ramirez 559-553-5713

Lamont Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/16/19, 6pm

Lamont Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/16/19, 6pm

LAMONT NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6-8 pm

at the San Diego Hall, 10300 San Diego St Lamont, CA 93241

Let LESD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Lamont Elementary School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597

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VECINOS UNIDOS de LAMONT TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Miercoles 24 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el Salon San Diego

MUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar las primarias de Lamont está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Timoteo Prado 661-669-6597

California City Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

California City Education LCAP Town Hall, 4/24/19, 6pm

CALIFORNIA CITY NEIGHBORS UNITED INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A

TOWN HALL

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6-8 pm

at the American Legion Hall, 8108 Bay Ave., California City, 93505

Let MUSD know we want…More Counselors! More Nurses! Less Suspensions! Less Expulsions!

Find out how YOU have a voice in how the Mojave Unified School District is spending our money! Join parents, community activists, and school representatives to talk about what we need to make our schools succeed!

Raffle Prizes. Food. Music!

For more information contact: Carol Watkins 661-759-6042

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VECINOS UNIDOS de CALIFORNIA CITY TE INVITA A PARTICIPAR EN UN

FORO COMUNITARIO

Miercoles 24 de abril 2019 6-8 pm

En el American Legion Hall, 8108 Bay Ave., California City, 93505

MUSD…Queremos Más Consejeros! Menos Suspensiones! Menos Expulsiones! Más Enfermeras!

Su opinión es muy importante en decidir cómo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Mojave está usando nuestro dinero. Acompañe a padres, líderes activistas, y representantes del distrito escolar para hablar sobre qué se necesita para que nuestro distrito sea el mejor!

Habrá comida, música y rifas.

Para más información contacte a: Carol Watkins 661-759-6042

Event: California City General Meeting, Wed. 8/15/18, 6pm

Event: California City General Meeting, Wed. 8/15/18, 6pm

California City General Meeting

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

6:00 PM

California City Arts Center

10400 Heather Street

California City, CA 93505

For more information, please call Carol Watkins (661) 759-6042.

Join the discussion about forming a Neighbors United chapter in California City. Together we can address school climate, suspensions and expulsions, and school board elections.

Food and child care provided!

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 4/16/18, 7pm

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 4/16/18, 7pm

Join DHF and make your voice heard at a Kern High School District Board of Trustees Redistricting Meeting!

When: Monday, April 16th 2018, 7:00 pm

Where: 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) encourages the community to participate at the next Kern High School District (KHSD) Special Board Meeting. This meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the district Board Room at 5801 Sundale Avenue. Express public support for the adoption of criteria which will lead to the the redrawing of district boundaries which safeguard electoral fairness.

The purpose of this meeting is for the Board to receive input from the community on a new district map. This will be the third out of five special meetings the KHSD Board is scheduled to have in the coming weeks.

So far, DHF and Shelley Lapkoff, PhD, a demographer working with KHSD, have presented district maps to the Board. The Dolores Huerta Foundation continues to encourage the Kern High School District to provide a fair and just review for redistricting plan to ensure representation for all communities including South Kern, which currently has diluted voting power.

The foundation stresses the significance of aligning the creation of new trustee boundaries using the following best practices in order of importance:

I. Equal population among districts

II. Geographic compactness

III. Line contiguity

IV. Preservation of local political subdivisions

V. Preservation of communities of interest; and

VI. Protection of incumbents.

For more information on the maps already presented to the Board, please visit the KHSD’s website at https://www.kernhigh.org/apps/pages/boardpresentations.

For DHF’s maps, you may visit http://doloreshuerta.org/gis-geographic-information-systems/.

Your voice is needed to help us put an end to gerrymandering which dilutes the political influence of underrepresented minority communities especially in the areas of South Kern. Arvin and Lamont deserve representation on the KHSD Board of Trustees!

Through this process, the KHSD Board of Trustees will adopt resolutions specifying criteria to guide adjusting trustee area boundaries and provide instruction to demographic consultant on formulation of trustee area boundary adjustments based on criteria.

This is the first of five meetings in the redistricting process. The KHSD Board will vote on the new districts at the final meeting on May 14, 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Gerald Cantu, DHF Education Policy Director, gcantu@doloreshuerta.org, 661-249-0219

DHF in Action: DHF proposes new Kern High School District Trustee Boundaries 4/9/18

DHF in Action: DHF proposes new Kern High School District Trustee Boundaries 4/9/18

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) participated in the second of five hearings the Kern High School District (KHSD) Board of Trustees is holding to create new district boundaries. Gerald Cantu, Education Policy Director and Sophia Garcia, GIS Coordinator of the Dolores Huerta Foundation presented the organization’s proposed best practices and district maps to the KHSD’s Board of Trustees.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation stresses the significance of aligning the creation of new trustee boundaries with the following best practices in order of importance: equal population among districts, geographic compactness, line contiguity, preservation of local political subdivisions, the preservation of communities of interest, and the protection of incumbents. The foundation finds that current district trustee areas do not comply with California’s and the Federal Government’s Voting Rights Act, have diluted the Latino population and vote, and only have one effective Latino-majority district, District 2, even though Latinos are 52.8% of Kern County’s population.

In 2016, the population within the Kern County High School District was 635,411; therefore, each of the five districts should have a population with a small deviation from 127,082; DHF proposes a district map with a variance of 4,268, or 3.4%, while the current district map has a high variance of 39,382, or 31%, due to natural population growth. Furthermore, census designated places such as Rosedale and Oildale are divided in three and two respectively. District boundaries should not cross through municipal lines and census designated places to preserve local political subdivisions. Most importantly, the foundation firmly believes that the Latino population has been intentionally dissected into three: District 2, 3, and 5; this undercuts Latinos’ voting power as a bloc. In response, the foundation would like to see two Latino-majority districts come out of this redistricting plan.


DHF would also like to note that trustees from District 1, 3, and 4 have secured seats despite living within a three-mile radius from one another, while their districts in total cover 2,500 square miles of land. In order to utilize best practices, DHF considers the location of incumbents to be important, but recognizes this principle is low priority and subordinate to the aforementioned best practices.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is counting on the Board of Trustees to correct the current district lines to provide our communities with proper and effective representation in the leadership of the Kern High School District. For more information on the ongoing redistricting plans, please contact Gerald Cantu at gcantu@doloreshuerta.org or by telephone at (661) 322-3033 ext. 209.

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 3/19/18, 6:30pm

Call to Action: KHSD Redistricting Meeting, Mon. 3/19/18, 6:30pm

Join DHF and make your voice heard at a Kern High School District Board of Trustees Redistricting Meeting!

When: Monday, March 19th 2018, 6:30 pm

Where: 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

Express public support for the adoption of criteria which will lead to the the redrawing of district boundaries which safeguard electoral fairness.

Your voice is needed to help us put an end to gerrymandering which dilutes the political influence of underrepresented minority communities especially in the areas of South Kern. Arvin and Lamont deserve representation on the KHSD Board of Trustees!

The following topics will be covered:

1) Demographics of School District under 2010 Census and most recent estimates from American Community Survey

2) Update on legal criteria applicable to adjusting trustee area boundaries

3) Procedures for adjusting trustee area boundaries. Public hearing on criteria.

Through this process, the KHSD Board of Trustees will adopt resolutions specifying criteria to guide adjusting trustee area boundaries and provide instruction to demographic consultant on formulation of trustee area boundary adjustments based on criteria.

This is the first of five meetings in the redistricting process. The KHSD Board will vote on the new districts at the final meeting on May 14, 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Gerald Cantu, DHF Education Policy Director, gcantu@doloreshuerta.org, 661-249-0219

Llamada a la acción: Reunión de Redistribución de Distritos de KHSD, lunes. 19/03/18, 6:30 p.m.

Únase a la FDH y haga que se escuche su voz, en una reunión de redistribución de distritos de la Junta Directiva de Kern High School District.

Cuándo: Lunes, 19 de marzo de 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Dónde: 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309

Expresar apoyo público para la adopción de criterios que conduzcan al rediseño de los límites del distrito que salvaguarden la equidad electoral.

Su voz es necesaria para ayudarnos a poner fin al gerrymandering, lo que diluye la influencia política de comunidades minoritarias subrepresentadas, especialmente en las áreas de South Kern. ¡Arvin y Lamont merecen ser representados en la Junta de Fideicomisarios de KHSD!

Los siguientes temas serán cubiertos:
1) Datos demográficos del distrito escolar según el censo de 2010 y las estimaciones más recientes de la Encuesta de la Comunidad Estadounidense

2) Actualización sobre los criterios legales aplicables para ajustar los límites del área de custodios

3) Procedimientos para ajustar los límites del área del fiduciario. Audiencia pública sobre los criterios.

A través de este proceso, la Junta de Fiduciarios de KHSD adoptará resoluciones que especifiquen criterios para guiar el ajuste de los límites del área de custodios y proporcionará instrucciones al consultor demográfico sobre la formulación de ajustes de límites del área de fiduciarios según los criterios.

Esta es la primera de cinco reuniones en el proceso de redistribución de distritos. La Junta de KHSD votará sobre los nuevos distritos en la reunión final el 14 de mayo de 2018.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con el Dr. Gerald Cantu, Director de Políticas de Educación de DHF, gcantu@doloreshuerta.org, 661-249-0219

Event: School Discipline Community Meeting, Fri. 9/15/17, 6:30pm

Event: School Discipline Community Meeting, Fri. 9/15/17, 6:30pm

Help BLOCK THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE by helping KHSD improve school discipline!

FRIDAY, SEPT. 15, at 6:30 PM

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance
615 California Ave.
Bakersfield, CA

SPANISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE

LIGHT FOOD PROVIDED

MEETING TOPICS

+ Learn about the historic discrimination lawsuit victory for Kern High School District (KHSD) students

+ Meet the experts working to help KHSD improve school discipline for students of color

+ Find out how to report problems or issues

Historic Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Kern High School District, 7/26/17

Historic Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Kern High School District, 7/26/17

In a substantial victory for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Latino and Black students, their parents, and community organizations, Kern High School District (KHSD), the largest school district in California, agreed to settle a lawsuit in which DHF charged KHSD with disproportionately suspending and expelling students of color due to implicit bias. The settlement requires that the district implement positive discipline practices to address disparate discipline outcomes and provide discipline-related training to all staff and personnel operating within the school environment. The lawsuit also includes terms which will allow advocates to work with the district to ensure that these reforms are actually implemented in the future.

“This is a major step forward. We intend to work with both parents, students, and KHSD to ensure that what has been agreed to in the settlement will actually be implemented and respected. This is also a strong message for the rest of the Central Valley. 40% of the school districts that have the highest suspension rates of Latino and African American students in California are located in the Central Valley. What we see happening here in Kern County is happening throughout the Central Valley. So we’re going to continue to work in many other school districts to make sure our Latino and African American students are being prepared for college so we can dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.” said Dolores Huerta.

Among other things, the settlement requires that KHSD:

· Use nationally renowned experts selected by counsel to track and evaluate discipline-related data with KHSD’s current consultants for 3 years.

· Provide mandatory professional development and staff training for teachers, school police, and security, and other classified staff.

· Hold community meetings twice a year to present the public with timely discipline-related data and to allow the community to provide input.

· Recognize Black History and National Hispanic Heritage Month

· Uniformly implement discipline reforms to ensure equal treatment of students in relation to disciplinary practices

Background: In October 2014 California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (GBLA), and MALDEF filed a lawsuit against the Kern High School District (KHSD) on behalf of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. The legal action specifically challenged KHSD’s discriminatory disciplinary policies and practices. Individual plaintiffs and community based organizations involved in the Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC) later signed on, including Building Healthy Communities – South Kern (BHC-SK), Faith in Action Kern County, National Brotherhood Association,  and Children First. later joined on to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed in response to data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office showing that Kern County schools were suspending and expelling African American students at a rate 500% higher than Caucasian, and Latinos at a rate of 380% higher. KHSD had the most student expulsions in all of California. Schools in Kern County reported 2,578 expulsions among a student population of 173,365. Astonishingly, in terms of raw numbers this was even more expulsions than Los Angeles County which had a student population nine times larger.

To make matters worse, expulsions disproportionately affected students of color. Whites were 32% of enrollment and 22% of expulsions. Latinos were 55% of enrollment but 60% of expulsions. Blacks were 8% of enrollment but 15% of expulsions.

The majority of expulsions were for offenses in which administrators had discretion to recommend a punishment other than expulsion, such as fighting, being intoxicated, or engaging in “willful defiance,” a highly subjective, catch-all, category that is so vaguely defined as to include any form of disobedience such as classroom disruptions, cursing, etc. Safety, therefore, was not the primary factor in such high expulsion rates. Rather, it was a zero-tolerance, law-enforcement-first mentality attitude to school discipline applied by administrators within school communities.

When asked to explain the inordinate expulsions, KHSD administrators responded by claiming it was done in the name of safety and there had been no call for a change from students’ parents or the community.

Kern County schools were clearly doing a disservice to a substantial percentage of their students by removing them from a path to graduate on time and to begin college or a career. Recent research shows that students who are expelled or suspended are more likely to dropout and/or go to prison. With an expulsion rate of 15 per 100, Kern schools funneled thousands of its students into the school-to-prison pipeline and made them more likely to end up in prison or on some kind of public assistance.

Dolores Huerta Foundation took action partnering with “Families in Schools” to build the capacity of like-minded organizations through funding and technical support in order to engage parents, families and the public in the decision-making process. In 2012, the Dolores Huerta Foundation partnered with Building Healthy Communities – South Kern (BHC-SK) to convene the Kern Education Justice Collaborative (KEJC), whose members include the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF), Faith in Action Kern County, National Brotherhood Association, California Rural Legal Assistance, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, and Children First. The Collaborative proceeded to develop a set of recommendations for the KHSD LCAP focused on ending the “school-to-prison pipeline” by improving school climate.

The KEJC used a multipronged approach to address the issues including Grassroots Mobilization and Advocacy, Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent Trainings and Advocacy, a Public Awareness Communications Strategy, and Integrated Voter Engagement.

EVENTO: CONFERENCIA DE EDUCACION PARA PADRES, Sab. 26/8/2017 4PM – 8PM

EVENTO: CONFERENCIA DE EDUCACION PARA PADRES, Sab. 26/8/2017 4PM – 8PM

EVENTO: CONFERENCIA DE EDUCACION PARA PADRES, Sab. 26/8/2017 4PM

¡HABRÁ CUIDADO DE NIÑOS, COMIDA, Y MUSICA!

ESTAREMOS RIFANDO 10 BICICLETAS Y MOCHILAS LLENAS DE MATERIALES ESCOLARES

DHF y Vecinos Unidos LO INVITAMOS a venir y aprender sobre:

*Los resultados de la demanda encontra del Distrito Escolar de Kern High

     -que significa esta victoria para sus hijos

*Como abogar por una mejor experiencia educativa posible para su hijo

*Como involucrarse como padre activamente en los logros de su hijo

LLEGUE al Salon de los Veteranos
414 4th Street, Arvin, CA

DE 4PM – 8PM ¡INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE! NO FALTE!

 

EVENT: Parent Education Conference Sat. 08/26/2017 from 4PM – 8PM

FOOD, CHILD CARE, & MUSIC PROVIDED!

WE WILL BE RAFFLING 10 BIKES AND BACKPACKS!

DHF & UNITED NEIGHBORHOOD INVITES YOU TO COME LEARN ABOUT:

*THE LAWSUIT AND SETTLEMENT AGAINST THE KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

-WHAT THE VICTORY  MEANS FOR CHILD’S EDUCATION

*HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR A BETTER EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR CHILD

*HOW TO BECOME MORE ACTIVE AND INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

DHF in Action: Bakersfield City School District LCAP Public Hearing Session, Tue. 6/13/17

DHF in Action: Bakersfield City School District LCAP Public Hearing Session, Tue. 6/13/17

Community Organizer Gaby Fernandez and Education Policy Director Gerald Cantu Ph.D., joined parents at the Bakersfield City Schools District (BCSD) at the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) hearing on June 13, 2017.

The LCAP is a critical part in children’s education where parents have the opportunity to engage in the decisions that impact their children and schools. Each school district must create a plan that describes the school districts annual goals for the students and include the actions that will be needed in order to achieve these goals. However, this must be done with the parents, community, educators, and employees. The LCAP also includes the districts budget and how it will be dispersed to each goal in order to achieve it.

Parents from Emerson Middle School, Stella Hills Elementary School, and McKinley Elementary were able to speak in front of board members and propose recommendations for their child’s schools. Gaby was able to inform the board members that DHF has a toolkit both in spanish and english that helps to educate parents on how to read and analyze the LCAP along with making recommendations. DHF was able to suggest a future partnership with BCSD in order to educate parents more on this very important and critical part of their child’s education that allows them to have a voice.

After hearing Gaby and parents speak, Harry “Doc” Ervin, BCSD Superintendent, responded very positively which has resulted in a meeting with DHF and BCSD next month in August! Doc Ervin spoke during Gabys presentation stating that they were “always looking for ways to improve and that if DHF had any methods or ideas they were good with that and was interested in a partnership to expand the amount of parents involved.”