California Partnership for the Future of Learning

Who We Are

The California Partnership for the Future of Learning is a statewide alliance of community organizing and advocacy groups advancing a shared vision of a transformational, racially just education system built for us all. 

It is led by Advancement Project California, Californians for Justice, PICO California, and Public Advocates, with the support of Community Coalition, InnerCity Struggle, and over a dozen grassroots, research and philanthropic partners. 

What We Do

Our work together centers equity, elevates the voices of students and families of color in partnership with educators, focuses on long-term systemic change, and connects to a larger national effort to strengthen public education systems. It seeks to build on the important work of a broad cross-section of organizations and coalitions by advancing the following priorities:

  • Equitable & Full Funding 
  • Schools of Belonging and Inclusion 
  • Student & Family Power
  • Student-Centered Deeper Learning
  • Diverse, Prepared, Supported Educators

For more information about the California Partnership for the Future of Learning contact ca-partnership@futureforlearning.org.

Every School. Every Community: Funding the Future of Learning

Every School, Every Community: Funding the Future of Learning takes a look at the past and present of school funding in California to shine a light on the path forward towards an education system that works for all. The stories, history, and solutions in this new report demonstrate that this time of pandemic and uprising are not a time to cut funds for education. Instead, this is the time to double down on an education system that works for us all by investing fully in schools to be hubs of opportunity and healing. View the brief.

Every School. Every Community.

Our Response to COVID 19

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear what many of us know to be true: our success and prosperity—throughout California and the United States—depend on our public schools’ capacity to serve as beacons of light and hope that spark opportunity.  As schools across the state closed down in response to COVID-19, students and families lost access to schools as critical hubs of connection, community resources and learning. 

The California Partnership for the Future of Learning conducted a needs assessment based on feedback from more than 20 grassroots education and racial justice organizations who heard from over 600 students and families from low-income communities of color in more than 20 school districts across the state. We wanted to learn directly from students and families about their most critical needs at this moment and use them to inform our ongoing work to transform California’s public schools to be just and inclusive for all. 

The following top concerns emerged:

  1. The importance of support for mental health and building positive relationships for students
  2. Access to equitable learning environments in every home and every school
  3. Addressing the uncertainty facing students, especially juniors and seniors worried about graduation, college, and financial aid
  4. Engaging students, parents, and educators as leaders to create the solutions our schools and communities need
  5. Addressing the intersecting needs of families and students and the importance of schools as a safety net

View the press release and contact saaun@caljustice.org for media inquiries.

Download the pdf in English.

Download Spanish Version |  Descarga la Versión en Español

Policy Platform Release

Every School. Every Community.

Community Policy Platform Release

The California Partnership for the Future of Learning conducted a needs assessment based on feedback from more than 20 grassroots education and racial justice organizations who heard from over 600 students and families from low-income communities of color in more than 20 school districts across the state. We wanted to learn directly from students and families about their most critical needs at this moment and use them to inform our ongoing work to transform California’s public schools to be just and inclusive for all.

Since the release of our community needs assessment, student, parent, and community leaders identified 10 priorities to meet young people and families most immediate needs as the state prepares for the return of school.

We’re calling on elected officials to follow these 10 recommendations, so every school and every community has access to the resources and support needed to thrive.

  1. Center Racial Equity in all Decisions, Actions and Collection of Data

  2. Prioritize Health and Wellness Through Community Schools and More

  3. Engage Families and Students as Partners in Learning and Decisions

  4. Invest in a “Restorative” Approach to Learning Loss

  5. Provide Universal, Permanent Digital Access to All

  6. Ensure Local Accountability for Quality, Equitable Learning

  7. Meet the Needs of Educators Before and After the Pandemic

  8. Address Basic, Urgent Needs of Students and Families

  9. Support Whole Child Early Care and Education

  10. Fund Our Schools Starting with Schools and Communities First

These 10 recommendations are based on the needs of students and families from our most impacted communities —  Black and Brown, rural, low-income, special education, English Learner and foster youth. Up and down California, we’ve listened to the needs of our students and families and are building together with them to ensure we pursue an education system that is built for us all.

Contact saaun@caljustice.org for media inquiries.