STF Attends ACLU Dinner

Santa Clarita Valley STF students at the ACLU dinner with STF Advisory Committee member Shari Leinwand. Photo by Crystal Biteng

December 3, 2012: Members of the Santa Clarita Valley STF chapters were invited to attend the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Annual Bill of Rights dinner to represent youth activism. The ACLU offered the invitation to the STF members because of their work in the Williams Compliance Research Project. The STF project seeks to examine the effectiveness of the William S. Hart District in complying with state education codes known as the Williams Standards which resulted from a legal settlement in the case Williams v. California (2004). A highlight for the STF members was meeting HRW STF Advisory Committee member Shari Leinwand, the elected President of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. Ms. Leinwand is responsible for introducing Brooks Allen, Director of Education Advocacy, ACLU Foundation Southern California, to STF members at their Fall Leadership Workshop at UCLA in September and motivating the STF members into action.

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