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Student Voice and Empowerment

**Californians for Justice. (n.d.). Student voice continuum: How to build student power. Available at

A central component of Long Beach USD’s work towards racial equity in schools is its promotion of direct collaboration with students. This infographic from Californians for Justice aids educators in “leveling up” opportunities for student engagement and voice across a continuum that runs from students acting as bystanders to students being active participants in school leadership and governance. The infographic provides targeted solutions, examples, and language that adult staff can use to transform the student experience and agency in matters that affect them.

Casar, M., Sasner, C., & Graham, F. (2022). “Nothing about us without us”: A Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) case study on East Side Union High School District [Executive summary]. Center for the Transformation of Schools, School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Available at com/wpcontent/uploads/2022/01/LCFF_ESUHSDCaseStudy_ExecSummary_FINAL_01.24.22.pdf.

This executive summary of a larger case study describes findings from a research project between Californians for Justice and the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, CA. During the 2019-20 school year, the two organizations worked together to increase student participation in developing the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. This brief provides a high-level summary of the key findings, impacts, challenges, and recommendations, with the intent of helping other districts and policymakers learn from their experiences.

**This document is a priority reading.