The Coleman Update • August 19th, 2015  

A weekly update on issues, policies and actions affecting children, youth and families in San Francisco.



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Webinar: Why aren't we talking about race in education? 

When: Wed, Aug 26,3:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

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Californians for Justice is facilitating a unique conversation and panel featuring varied perspectives on the topic of race in education and why it is so often left out of decision-making spaces. For decades, the achievement gap has continued to elude California's public education system. Youth of color, mostly low-income, continue to be left behind. Though more than 70% of California's students are youth of color, and 4 million out of the 6 million students in California qualify for free and reduced lunch, the majority of California's leading education decision-makers steer clear from the proverbial elephant in the room - race. 

Yet today, across the nation and in our own backyards we witness & live the daily devaluation of youth of color in our communities and schools. From the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, to disproportionate suspensions of Black and Brown boys in our schools, unaddressed implicit bias in our classrooms, and dismal graduation rates, it is alarming that education decision-makers continue to leave race out of the conversation, especially when our future is most certainly in color.

Join CFJ on August 26th to hear panelists speak from unique perspectives on this topic including: students, communications, research, and policy. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of California and PolicyLink


Webinar: Police in Schools and School Discipline

When: September 17, 11am - 12:30pm PDT 

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The final presentation in Padres & Jóvenes Unidos’ 2015 Summer Webinar Series is Police in Schools and School Discipline. This free webinar will feature Janelle Krueger, Manager of Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program from Colorado Department of Education, and present information on the history and current role of police in schools, the harmful impact of the criminalization of youth behavior, and tools and examples of how youth, parents, educators, administrators, law enforcement, and community members can work together.  


Youth Leaders talk about YMAC Summer Program 




 In the news:

Video from the APHA on the critical role of the school to prison pipeline as a determinant of poor health

Media must hold City Hall accountable – SF Examiner (August 10th)

Black Poverty differs from White Poverty – Washington Post (August 12th)

Report: Renters in San Francisco spending nearly half of income on rent – KRON (August 12th)

College dreams on hold after state cancels Exit Exam – SF Chronicle (August 12th)

The San Francisco Rent Explosion Part III – priconomics (August 12th)

U.S. Schools Still Start Too Early, CDC Reports – Ed Week (August 13th)

S.F. board hands out diplomas after state bungles test – SF Chronicle (August 14th)

Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says – NY Times (August 16th)

College degrees did little to protect Black & Hispanic families during the downturn – Market Watch (August 18th)



Webinar: Why aren't we talking about race in education

Webinar: Police in Schools and School Discipline 

Youth Leaders Talk about the YMAC Youth Summer Program

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PMAC (Parents Making a Change) team at the B'Magic Backpack Giveaway last weekend



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