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Community

Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

Posted August 8, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced. The group was founded to help teach Merced youth to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage. (Photo by Crystal Rivera) By Hannah Esqueda Author’s note: Three years ago We’Ced youth reporter Alyssa Castro dissected the issue of youth […]

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Community

Schools Not Prisons makes a powerful stop in Merced

Posted July 25, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Nearly 300 residents turned out for the #SchoolsNotPrisons event in downtown Merced earlier this month. Families enjoyed food, music and important community discussion on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. (Photo by Kody Stoebig) By Maria Dominguez MERCED, Calif.– On July 8th, the Multi-Cultural Arts Center in downtown Merced saw around 300 people attend in support […]

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Community

#SchoolsNotPrisons comes to Merced

Posted July 18, 2017 by Claudia J. Gonzalez

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.

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Education

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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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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