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

Posted  June 23, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Local parent Carla Gonzalez addressed the Merced City School District board of trustees during the June 13 public hearing on school funding. Language access and translation services were among the most frequent concerns presented to the board, which is scheduled to vote on the district’s 2017-2018 equity-funding plan June 27.  (Photo by Alyssa Castro)  […]

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Family

This Father’s Day Remember: Actions Mean More Than Words

Posted  June 16, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Left: Youth reporter Gabby Morales (second from the left) stands with both her parents and younger sister during a special occasion. While he may not always be around, Gabby says she knows her father is doing what he must to help her family.  By Gabriela Morales The narrative around immigrants is that they are criminals, […]

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Family

Coming Out as Trans and Finding a Role Model in Myself

Posted  June 15, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Just like the beautiful sunset amidst a storm, Alice’s story is about finding beauty in the life you’re living no matter what. Photo by Alice Herrera.  By Alice Herrera I had sweaty palms and shaky hands as I walked into the room. I knew my whole life would change. I smiled and asked her […]

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Community

Health Advocates Warn Federal Policies Can Hurt Immigrants’ Health

Posted  June 9, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

Above: Dozens of residents gathered in Winton earlier this year for one of several Know Your Rights events hosted by community groups and immigrant advocates throughout Merced County. Photo courtesy of MOP Merced Facebook page.  By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — Immigrant rights groups and health advocates are keeping a close eye on national, state […]

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Education

Parents staying loud for equitable school funding

Posted  June 8, 2017  by  Hannah Esqueda

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.

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