The ACLU of California protects the constitutional rights of all children to equal educational opportunity. We focus on ensuring that the public education system provides exceptional education to our most vulnerable students, such as students of color, LGBTQ youth, and low-income youth, and that all decisions are centered on student need and success.
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ACLU NorCal works to remove law enforcement, including permanent police presence, from school campuses and promote resource-based alternatives that keep students in school and on track to graduate, such as restorative justice and trauma-informed practices. We also work to reduce the use of exclusionary and punitive school practices and policies that push students, particularly low-income students and students of color, out of school and into the school-to-prison pipeline and to ensure that school districts support students holistically. Read More
ACLU NorCal works to ensure that California provides adequate funding for students of color and other vulnerable students. Our work seeks to ensure California more equitably distributes funds and provides the services and resources students of color and other vulnerable students need to improve their outcomes. We also work to combat systemic racism and oppression. Read More
Inspired by the vision and leadership of Tribal partners and Native-led organizations, ACLU NorCal fights for education equity for Indigenous students in far Northern California and combats disparities in outcomes facing Native students; supports Indigenous leaders in articulating and implementing their visions of educational justice, including the creation of school climates that respect and honor Native students, traditions and communities; and builds power and self-advocacy capacity within Tribal communities to hold school districts accountable. Read More
ACLU NorCal works to ensure that all California students have complete access to a high-quality arts education, which will provide students with a creative outlet, allow them to develop skills, keep them engaged in school, and help them succeed in college and career. Read More