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An Update from the SF Parent PAC: Afterschool, Math and New Officers

March 23, 2015

Hello San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) community!

After another successful election season, we wanted to touch base with you and tell you what we are up to:

High Quality Afterschool Programming 

The Parent PAC has been advocating for guaranteed, high quality on-site afterschool programming for any family that desires it. Last year, the Parent PAC was successful in having this policy adopted by the school board and in garnering strong support across the Board of Supervisors. Now, we are working to make sure the full amount of funding needed to make this a reality makes it into the City’s budget for next school year.
The Common Core Math Implementation 

The Parent PAC has been closely following the lively conversation surrounding the implementation of Common Core Math at SFUSD. We are working on a separate communication expressing our thoughts on this important issue- expect something soon. In the meantime, we have been encouraging School District leadership to live up to its promise of treating parents as education “partners.”

New Officers At The Parent PAC 

The Parent PAC Steering Committee recently held elections. A big thank you to our outgoing officers and also to those who are willing to take on these roles! The new board is as follows:

  • President–Michelle Parker

  • VP–Teri Olle

  • Secretary–Lena Brook

  • Communications–Carine Blanchet

  • Treasurer–Todd David

  • Membership Chair–Leah Pimentel

  • Endorsement Chair–Tajel Shah

  • Programs Chair–Chris Wright

  • Compliance–Jim Sutton

  • At Large Members:

    • David Serrano Sewell

    • Colleen Kavanagh

    • Lorraine Woodruff Long

    • Lee Hsu

That’s it for now. We are looking forward to a great 2015! Thank you for your support!

 
San Francisco Parent PAC

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October 26, 2014

SF Parent PAC November 2014 Endorsements

For an easy-to-print sheet to take to the voting booth, click November 2014 Endorsements.

Board of Education

emily murase

Dr. Emily Murase

mark murphy

Mark Murphy

shamann walton

Shamann Walton

 

Community College Board

rodrigo santos

Rodrigo Santos (4 yr seat)

thea selby

Thea Selby (4 yr seat)

amy bacharach

Dr. Amy Bacharach (2 yr seat)

 

State Assembly

david chiu

David Chiu AD17

phil ting

Phil Ting AD19

 

San Francisco Ballot Measures

Yes on C

Invest in our children and our schools! http://www.OurChildrenOurCity.com

Prop E logo

To fund PE, school nutrition and recreation programs http://www.ChooseHealthSF.com

No on G

Stop the 24% housing tax http://www.stopthehousingtax.com

NoOnH

Don’t lock our kids out!

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Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Supe. Yee Endorse the Soda Tax And Check Out Your Supe’s “Family Friendly Report Card”

September 28, 2014

The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that former Clinton Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich and District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee have endorsed Yes on Proposition E–The Soda Tax.  Supe Yee is the 8th Supervisor to endorse the measure.

Secretary Reich and Supervisor Yee’s support adds to an incredibly broad based and diverse grassroots coalition that includes the SF Democratic Party, The Alice B Toklas LGBT Dem Club, The SF Tenants Union, The Willie B Kennedy African American Dem Club, The Bernal Heights Dem Club, The San Francisco PTA, SEIU 1021, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 648, UESF, The American Heart Association, The California Medical Association and many more. . . For a complete list of endorsements check out http://www.choosehealthsf.com/endorsements

Have you ever wondered how “family friendly” your Supervisor is?
Here is the Parent PAC “Family Friendly” Report Card on all 11 Supervisors.  Check out your Supervisor’s grade and see if she needs to report to office hours for extra credit!
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SF Parent PAC Makes Endorsements for November 2014

July 30, 2014

For Immediate Release:

 

July 29, 2014

Contact Tajel Shah, President, SF Parent PAC

Email:  tajelshah@yahoo.com

Phone: 415-987-7672

 

SF Parent PAC Endorses Emily Murase, Mark Murphy, and Shamann Walton for SF Board of Education and Other Updates

Last week the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) proudly endorsed Emily Murase , Mark Murphy , and Shamann Walton  for Board of Education for the November 2014 election.  The Parent PAC was impressed with all three candidates’ extensive history of advocating for children and better public schools in all neighborhoods in San Francisco.

At the same meeting, the Parent PAC also endorsed Board of Education Commissioners’ Sandra Fewer and Rachel Norton’s resolution to change the “tie-breakers” in the public school assignment system.  The resolution calls for “flipping” the Census Tract Integration Preference (CTIP 1) and the “Neighborhood Preference” tie-breakers.  If this resolution is adopted by the school board, it will result in families having a higher probability of getting assigned to their “attendance area” school.  City-wide schools and programs (Immersion programs and K-8 schools) will be unaffected.  The Parent PAC hopes that this small change will give San Francisco’s families more predictability regarding where their child will attend kindergarten.  For more information, please read Jill Tucker’s article  about the proposed change.

Finally, the Parent PAC is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, July 22, the Soda Tax was officially placed on the November, 2014 ballot.  The Soda Tax is a $.02 per ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages.  Recent data indicates that if passed, the Soda Tax will reduce consumption of sugary beverages in San Francisco by up to 31% while simultaneously raising up to $54 million earmarked for nutrition, active recreation, and education.  This tax will take a 2/3 majority of San Francisco voters to pass.  You can find more information at www.choosehealthsf.com .  

The Parent PAC was founded by and for San Francisco parents and is committed to giving parents a voice in the political process to positively impact the lives of all San Francisco families.  The Parent PAC supports and promotes city candidates, measures, and policies that will most effectively ensure high quality education for every child in every neighborhood, increase access to affordable youth programs that support working families and enrich the lives of our children and sustain healthy, safe and vibrant communities city-wide.  We can’t do this work alone, please consider contributing to the Parent PAC so we can make San Francisco a city where families can thrive! 

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San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Endorses David Chiu For Assembly

May 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 19, 2014

Contact: Tajel Shah, President, SF Parent PAC

Email: tajelshah@yahoo.com

Phone: 415-987-7672

 

San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Endorses David Chiu for Assembly

SAN FRANCISCO (May 19, 2014): Today The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) announced our enthusiastic support for David Chiu’s campaign for the 17th Assembly District.

The Parent PAC expressed our support for David Chiu because of the strong leadership for families and kids that he has shown as President of the Board of Supervisors.  The Parent PAC considered Chiu’s first in the nation policy allowing parents and caregivers to request more flexible and predictable work schedules, his successful effort to allow strollers on Muni, and his support of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields as just a few of the reasons why he stands out in this race.

The Parent PAC was founded by and for San Francisco parents and is committed to giving parents a voice in the political process to positively impact the lives of all San Francisco families.  The Parent PAC supports and promotes city candidates, measures and policies that will most effectively ensure high quality education for every child in every neighborhood, increase access to affordable youth programs that support working families and enrich the lives of our children and sustain healthy, safe and vibrant communities city-wide.

Michelle Parker, Co-founder of the Parent PAC said, “David Chiu is the only choice for San Francisco’s families. Chiu has worked tirelessly to make our city more affordable, safe and friendly for our parents and our kids. Unlike his opponent David Campos, Chiu has been a consistent and strong voice for us. Vote David Chiu for Assembly.”

The Parent PAC encourages its members to get involved in supporting David Chiu for Assembly by volunteering at the campaign office at 549 Castro St., calling campaign staff at (415) 846-8108, signing up to volunteer at www.votedavidchiu.com and spreading the word to fellow San Francisco parents about the importance of this race.

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Afterschool For All Resolution Passes Board of Education 7-0

April 11, 2014

The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that Commissioner Jill Wynns’ Resolution guaranteeing a space for all families who desire one, in a high quality afterschool program at their child’s school site, passed unanimously at the Board of Education on Tuesday April, 8th 2014. (A copy of Commissioner Wynns’ Resolution is here: AFA Resolution)

Some of the changes called for in the Resolution (i.e. an online centralized payment system and a sliding payment scale) will begin to be implemented in school year ’14-’15.  Furthermore, according to SFUSD staff, capacity for afterschool programs should also increase during the next school year.  Full implementation of Afterschool for All is targeted for the’15-’16 school year.

In coordination with Commissioner Wynns, Supervisors Farrell and Kim have introduced complementary legislation at the Board of Supervisors. Furthermore, the Supervisors plan on holding a hearing on the need for high quality Afterschool For All programming at an upcoming joint BOS/BOE Joint Select Committee. The Parent PAC will keep you posted on the date and time of that hearing.

In July, 2013, The Parent PAC stated that guaranteed, site based, high quality Afterschool For All programming was our top policy priority.  We would like to express our gratitude to Commission Wynns for her leadership on this issue, as well as thank Supervisors Farrell and Kim for their stalwart support of the policy.  The Parent PAC would also like to recognize Maria Su and Sandra Naughton from the Department of Children Youth and Their Families as well as The Expanded Learning Collaborative for their years of work on this issue.

The Parent PAC cannot do this work alone.  Please consider contributing to the Parent PAC so we can continue to make a San Francisco a city where families can thrive!  You can contribute here.

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The Drumbeat Continues–The Democratic Party and Parents For Public School Join The Soda Tax Grassroots Coalition

February 28, 2014
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The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (SF Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that last night, February 26, 2014, the San Francisco Democratic Party overwhelmingly passed a Resolution calling on the Board of Supervisors to place The Soda Tax on the Nov 2014 ballot. The vote was 19-2 in favor of the Resolution. For more information you can contact the San Francisco Democratic Party at info@sfdemocrats.org
In other Soda Tax news, today, Parents For Public School in San Francisco (PPSSF) http://www.ppssf.org/ announced its endorsement of the Soda Tax.
The SF Parent PAC welcomes both organizations to a growing grassroots coalition of supporters who are prioritizing the health of San Francisco’s children.
You can read PPSSF’s press release below.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PARENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF SAN FRANCISCO SUPPORTS TAX ON SUGARY BEVERAGES 
Funds to support recreation and nutrition programs in schools and the broader community.

San Francisco, California – On February 24, 2014, the Board of Directors of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco (PPS-SF) unanimously voted in favor of supporting a two cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages sold in San Francisco. The group touted the financial windfall – estimated to be approximately $31M annually – to schools and city agencies to support health and wellness as its primary reason for supporting the initiative.

“At PPS-SF, we talk with parents every day,” said Board President Matt Kelemen. “They know, and we know, that good health and success in school are deeply connected. Any chance we can take to promote good health for kids – and generate much-needed revenue for our public schools at the same time – is a step in the right direction.”

A Harvard School of Public Health report showed that one out of three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Furthermore, a study by G. A. Bray and B.M. Popkin in Pediatric Obesity revealed that consumption of calorie-sweetened beverages has continued to increase and may play a role in the obesity epidemic, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease, whereas reducing intake of soft drinks is associated with less weight gain and metabolic improvement.

According to research published by Halfon, DuPlessis, and Inkelas in 2007, disease prevention and health promotion affect the trajectory of children’s development, including reducing risk factors and strengthening protective ones.

“We are eager to see financial support – coupled with a coordinated, cross-departmental implementation strategy across our city and school district offices – to enrich children and families’ understanding of the physical and emotional benefits of adopting a healthy diet and regular exercise regime,” said PPS-SF’s Executive Director, Masharika Prejean Maddison. “It is imperative that our children are afforded the opportunity to learn how to effectively nourish their bodies to promote long, healthy, and prosperous lives.”

About Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco

The mission of PPS-SF is to support student success by developing effective school-parent partnerships, strong parent relationships, and broad community support for public education.

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