Education Equity in Bakersfield

Cynthia L. Rice and Jade Crawford.

Parents, students and local residents came together on Friday, September 16th in Bakersfield to discuss next steps after the groundbreaking settlement with Kern High School District leading to historic changes in school discipline policies that disproportionately impact students of color. The community meeting featured information from experts who are working with CRLA to aid the Kern High School District in improving their discipline practices.  Over 60 people attended to share their concerns, their experiences with the school district, and their hopes for the future. CRLA’s legal team, along with our nonprofit partners Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Equal Justice Society and MALDEF, shared information and answered questions.  Attendees included the Kern High School Superintendent and many teachers. The meeting was the first of several planned to help the district to address the inequities highlighted by the lawsuit. Go to to see images of Education Justice in Action!


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