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Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

August 8, 2017 / By
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Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced.

Schools Not Prisons makes a powerful stop in Merced

July 25, 2017 / By
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Above: Nearly 300 residents turned out for the #SchoolsNotPrisons event in downtown Merced earlier this month.

#SchoolsNotPrisons comes to Merced

July 18, 2017 / By
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Statewide social justice campaign #SchoolsNotPrisons held its first event in Merced, Calif. on July 8, bringing nearly 300 people out in support of dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

As district nears LCAP vote, parents sound alarm on unaddressed language barriers

June 23, 2017 / By
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Above: Local parent Carla Gonzalez addressed the Merced City School District board of trustees during the June 13 public hearing on school funding.

Parents staying loud for equitable school funding

June 8, 2017 / By
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The event was a joint effort by BHC and partner groups like Cultiva La Salud, Healthy Equity Project and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) that provided dozens of MCSD parents with a chance to air concerns over the district’s spending. In total, more than two-dozen families were in attendance, speaking four different languages and representing a wide swath of the community concerned over the lack of transparency in the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a statewide requirement for school districts that must show how each agency plans to spend money provided through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Like many districts, MCSD relies on LCFF dollars for a majority of its budget and the state funds accounted for 75 percent of the district’s $134 million 2016-2017 budget. About $21 million of those LCFF funds are considered equity-based and intended specifically for high-need populations like foster youth, low-income students and English Learners.

Five Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Is Harmful to Young People

May 18, 2017 / By
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Above: Recently released on Netflix, “13 Reasons Why” has drawn criticism for its portrayal of mental health issues as they affect teens.