SCV STF Demonstrates Power of Student Advocacy

STF Santa Clarita Valley students with Director of Equity Services, Greg Lee, and Superintendent Robert Challinor. Photo by Nancy Nazarian-Medina.
STF Santa Clarita Valley students with Director of Equity Services, Greg Lee, and Superintendent Robert Challinor.
Photo by Nancy Nazarian-Medina

Inspired by the STF 2012 Fall Workshop, Santa Clarita Valley students set out to ensure that schools in the Williams S. Hart Union High School District are providing the basic educational necessities required under the landmark 2004 Williams v. California settlement. Their Williams Compliance Research Project examined whether students are receiving sufficient textbooks and instructional materials; clean, safe and functional buildings and facilities; and the required notice about how to file a complaint if they don’t have these necessities or a permanent and qualified teacher.

The students conducted their multi-phased investigation over three months, identifying important deficiencies that they then presented to the Administrative Council of the Hart District on February 27, 2013. District leaders expressed their appreciation to the students for bringing these critical issues to light and committed to taking immediate action. The Santa Clarita students will be following up and confirming that all issues are addressed in the coming weeks.

“The Santa Clarita Valley chapters of the HRW Student Task Force are demonstrating the power of student-led advocacy. I’m impressed by the results they have achieved through their strategic and well-designed campaign. Everyone in their schools will benefit from their efforts, and I hope students across the state will be inspired to replicate their successful model,” said Brooks Allen, ACLU’s Director of Education Advocacy.

Check out the student’s PowerPoint Presentation! (9MB)

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