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LRT among those organizations thanked for: #Allin4FinancialAid Partners! Education Equity Wins Big in California’s 2021-2022 Budget

The Latino and Latina Roundtable is among the organizations that Ed Trust-West thanks in the collective effort to pass this important financial aid legislation:  “Ed Trust-West  is excited to be celebrating the official passage of the FAFSA/CADAA proposal! We are so grateful to you all for the support you offered throughout the years that we have been collectively pushing towards this goal. This policy, which will ensure that all California high school students apply for financial aid before they graduate, is going to impact the lives of so many statewide and will increase access to higher education. We could not have gotten to this point without the advocacy and support from all of our partners – including you!

While we are incredibly excited that the proposal has been included in the signed budget, we know that there is still work to come to ensure that this requirement is implemented well at the LEA level. Looking forward to continuing to advance financial aid access for our students with you all.

Thank you again!”

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu

Website:  www.josezcalderon.com


From: Clara Medina <cmedina@edtrustwest.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 4:14 PM
To: Clara Medina <cmedina@edtrustwest.org>
Cc: Christopher Nellum <cnellum@edtrustwest.org>; Denise Castro <dcastro@edtrustwest.org>; Manny Rodriguez <mrodriguez@edtrustwest.org>; Lange Luntao <lluntao@edtrustwest.org>
Subject: Thank you #Allin4FinancialAid Partners! Education Equity Wins Big in California’s 2021-2022 Budget

Dear #Allin4FinancialAid partners, 

 

Ed Trust-West is excited to be celebrating the official passage of the FAFSA/CADAA proposal! We are so grateful to you all for the support you offered throughout the years that we have been collectively pushing towards this goal. This policy, which will ensure that all California high school students apply for financial aid before they graduate, is going to impact the lives of so many statewide and will increase access to higher education. We could not have gotten to this point without the advocacy and support from all of our partners – including you!  

We invite you to celebrate this win with us by posting on social media! Attached are two graphics you can share, including one showcasing the fierce advocates that made up the coalition, and here is some sample language you can use to tag legislators. 

While we are incredibly excited that the proposal has been included in the signed budget, we know that there is still work to come to ensure that this requirement is implemented well at the LEA level. As we determine what the next steps in this fight are, we will be sure to keep you all in the loop! Looking forward to continuing to advance financial aid access for our students with you all. 

Thank you again! 


In Response to California’s 2021-2022 Budget, Dr. Christopher J. Nellum, Executive Director, Issued the Following Statement:

View Statement Online

Californians have reason to celebrate a budget that leverages a historic surplus toward significant investments in public education, from early learning and care to K-12 to higher education. But most remarkable isn’t this budget’s sheer size; it is its potential to finally address long-standing systemic equity issues that have long shut out too many students of color and students from low-income communities from opportunity. The Education Trust–West applauds a commitment to ensuring students with the highest needs are embedded in many of the budget’s boldest policies, including two particularly historic wins.

One of the most significant is a policy that ensures every high school senior completes a financial aid application, enacted after years of advocacy from students, families, and educators. If implemented properly, no California student entitled to financial aid will set their college dreams aside under the assumption they would have to pay for it on their own; an experience that today is far too common.

Another win is the further development of California’s Cradle-to-Career data system, which will revolutionize our understanding of programs across the educational spectrum—including each of those included in this year’s ambitious budget. We are thrilled to see the data system receive funding for Phase I of its development, which will help illuminate students’ educational journeys in ways currently inaccessible to researchers, policymakers, and community members.

Additional equitable investments in early childhood education will offer our state’s youngest learners a strong start and give relief to parents under pressure, especially those with the least access to child care. From universal transitional kindergarten to additional subsidized child care slots, greater access to child care options will make a world of difference to today’s youngest learners—and have a lasting positive impact on our state. Early learning and care providers can finally look forward to reimbursement rates from the state that recognize the true cost of providing child care—no matter where in California they live. It’s a step that will go a long way toward helping the hard-hit early learning and care industry bounce back while advancing pay equity for its workforce of primarily women of color.

K-12 school districts can look forward to powerful tools that will enable education leaders to rebuild and reimagine how schools can meet the needs of students and parents. Those tools include funding for expanded learning, community schools, teacher workforce development, and for the highest-need schools, an increase in the Local Control Funding Formula concentration grant with which to increase staffing.

Increased funding for all higher education segments, from assistance for basic needs to housing, will be crucial to ensuring students reach their educational goals. While we appreciate the removal of inequitable restrictions to Cal Grant eligibility based on age and years out of high school, we believe that more improvements are needed to make college affordable for all, including a modernized Cal Grant program and investments in our financial aid system.

The potential of bold measures like these to improve the lives of students and families will require faithful implementation from regional and local leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare a long-standing reality: that California is a land of abundance and possibilities—but only for some. But if resources continue to be allocated where they are needed most and policies are executed with the spirit of equity with which they were enacted, California will not only succeed in rebuilding from a devastating pandemic, but reimagine schools for the better.

 

Dr. Christopher J. Nellum
Executive Director
The Education Trust–West
@chrisnellum

 

P.S. As of the release of this statement, AB 132, the Higher Education Trailer Bill, has not been signed. If any major provisions are changed after the release of this statement, our analysis of the issue will be reflected in The Education Trust–West’s State Budget At-A-Glance, which will be posted on our website.

Invitation to Cesar Chavez Park Beautification – Saturday, July 31 at 9 am

Please join us this Saturday, July 31st at 9 am (2720 Barjud ave. in Pomona) to keep on sustaining Cesar Chavez Park (by spreading mulch, repainting the trash cans, and maintaining the community garden).  Renowned artist Paul Botello, who painted the murals at Cesar Chavez Park, will be joining us as part of continuing the restoration and the preservation of the murals.

Invitation to Redistricting Workshop sponsored by Latino and Latina Roundtable (in Partnership with MALDEF and NALEO – August 6th (6 -8 pm)

This is your invitation to a workshop on redistricting sponsored by the Latino and Latina Roundtable (in partnership with NALEO and MALDEF) on August 6th from 6:00 – 8 PM.   This workshop will let you know what redistricting is all about, what is meant by your “community of interest,” the timeline for the redistricting process in the next few months, and how you can participate in district boundary mapping and hearings.  

You Must RSVP to be part of this workshop.  Click on the flyer to register. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email with a zoom link.

For questions, please email Lina Mira at Lmira@latinolatinaroundtable.org or Jacqueline from NALEO at jcoto@naleo.org

COI Workshop Flyer_PomonaValley_8-06-21

Invitation to In-Person LRT Membership Meeting Sat., July 24th, 1 PM, at Cesar Chavez Park

You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable In-Person Membership Meeting this Saturday, July 24th at 1 PM at Cesar Chavez Park (2720 Barjud Ave.) in Pomona.

We have not had an in-person meeting for over a year and now we will meet to celebrate our perseverance in continuing to meet and organize regardless of the obstacles.  In this spirit, we will celebrate the many accomplishments that we have achieved and the road ahead.  Attached is the agenda.  Please join us.

We will have 25 chairs available but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair – snacks will be provided by LRT

Cesar Chavez Park  

2720 Barjud Avenue Pomona, CA 91768
7/24/2021 from 1- 3pm 

Membership Meeting 7/24/2021 @ 1:00 pm-3 pm (PST)

Details regarding the upcoming membership meeting in the park this Saturday. It’s been a while since we met in person. We also added a zoom option for those who want to connect.
Topic: LRT Membership Meeting 
Time: Jul 24, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89514084107?pwd=TDhjdk8vbVovYkZ2WThKQWJYN3BRdz09Meeting ID: 895 1408 4107
Passcode: 578111

Please join us for a presentation on clean mobility and a chance to hear from fellows, SOON and Jasmine

We here at LRT are inviting you to a conversation on Clean Mobility. Clean Mobility ties into all of the areas that LRT has prioritized as part of the organization’s strategic plan. We will share how clean mobility is connected to our social justice work. If you are interested in workers’ rights, environmental justice, immigration, food, and your community’s health and wellbeing, please join us. This space is for you, and we would sincerely appreciate your presence and ideas.
For questions and inquiries, please contact Jasmine Rocha at jasmine.rocha@latinolatinaroundtable.org.

In Solidarity,

Latino & Latina Roundtable

Today is the day… Danza Azteca @ Tony Cerda Park

Start your weekend early with Danza Azteca. All abilities welcome.
The Latina/o Roundtable’s
Ethnic Studies Committee Presents:
Aztec Dance Classes/Danza Azteca
Maestro: Alejandro Xipecoatl Juarez, Danza Azteca Grupo Toyaacan
FREE/Gratis
7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Every Thursday July-August
July/Julio 
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 
Tony Cerda Park
400 W Grand Ave. Pomona, CA 91766andAugust /Agosto
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & Sept 2nd
Cesar Chavez Park 
2720 Barjud Ave. Pomona, CA 91768

We are grateful to the City of Pomona for their support in bringing this program to the community.

SB-309, which College for All Coalition has supported, passes with an allocation of $500 million

Thought that I would let you know that SB-309 sponsored by State Senator Connie Leyva, which the College for All Coalition (of which the LRT has been part of), passed through the state legislative budget with an allocation of $500 million to ensure College readiness and assuring that schools advance student completion of A-G requirements.  Thank you to our LRT College for All group that met with legislators on this bill (and others) during advocacy week.  This is a good example of how we can connect our local organizing efforts to training and outreach that results in positive outcomes.   
Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Fired Pomona College dining hall worker Felipa Sanchez to return to work

Fired Pomona College dining hall worker Felipa Sanchez to return to work almost 10 years after college fired her during Union drive!

Welcome Back Felipa Sanchez!

Almost 20 years ago, in the middle of a Union organizing drive in the Pomona College dining halls, Pomona College trustees and administrators decided to check Felipa’s papers and fire her along with 16 of her co-workers. 

A year later, despite the mass firing, Felipa’s co-workers won the Union. One of their first demands was the right to return to work for Felipa and all the fired dining hall workers, once their immigration status was regularized.

On Thursday, July 1, Felipa Sanchez will finally return to her job as Lead Cook with her full seniority!  Come congratulate Felipa and help us celebrate her return!

 When:        Thursday, July 1

When:        9am

Where:       The fountain in front of Frank Dining Hall.

For more info contact Noel Rodriguez, 310 462 7535.

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/after-workers-are-fired-an-immigration-debate-roils-california-campus.html?smid=url-share