Posts Tagged ‘2010’


Endorsements: Brodkin, Mendoza and Murase

September 17, 2010

The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee is pleased to announce that it has endorsed these three candidates for the Board of Education in November 2010:

Margaret Brodkin

Margaret is a longtime children’s advocate in San Francisco. She has served as Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth; the Director of the City’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families; and currently works as the Executive Director of New Day for Learning, a community schools initiative in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District. Margaret’s priorities for the school district are: working with our local, state and Federal leaders to increase funding; transparency and accountability; and closing the achievement gap.

>>Read Margaret’s questionnaire
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Hydra Mendoza

Hydra is a parent of two children in San Francisco public schools and an education advocate who is running for re-election to the Board of Education, a post she was first elected to in 2006. She has served as the Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools, and now works as Education Advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Education. Hydra’s top priorities for her continued service on the Board include: engaging parents to fully participate in the schools; and supporting teachers to encourage good instructional practice.

>>Read Hydra’s questionnaire
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Emily Murase

Emily has a long history of involvement in the San Francisco public schools, beginning 36 years ago when her parents helped found the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP). Emily is a graduate of Lowell High School, and her two daughters currently attend San Francisco public schools. When she is not volunteering as an active member of the PTA and site council at her daughters’ schools, Emily works as the Executive Director of the City’s Department on the Status of Women. She previously served in the Clinton White House as Director of International Economic Affairs, and has worked for AT&T in Japan and the Federal Communications Commission. Her top priorities for San Francisco schools are: addressing chronic underfunding of the schools; supporting the work of teachers through incentives and other programs; and growing student enrollment.

>>Read Emily’s questionnaire
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For more information on our endorsement process, and to read questionnaires submitted by other candidates, please visit the endorsement process page.


By way of introduction

August 22, 2010

In mid-summer 2010, a group of involved public school parents met as a group to discuss how parents — as key, yet relatively unrepresented stakeholders in our public schools — could play a part in the byzantine political process that determines which candidates become front-runners for a seat on the Board of Education.

To us, the Board of Education is tremendously important: its seven members make decisions about spending and distributing the scarce resources that determine whether our classrooms are well-maintained and well-supplied, whether our teachers are well-trained and appropriately evaluated by their principals, and whether every child in our schools is receiving the attention and care they need to get the world class education we want for them.

Too often in the past, the Board of Education has been seen as a training ground for aspiring politicians rather than a body that requires thoughtful, knowledgeable and qualified candidates who take their responsibilities to all of the City’s children seriously.

We formed the San Francisco Parent political action committee with the idea that better-run schools will result in better-educated students and ultimately, a more vibrant and economically-robust city.  We hope that by communicating our choices to voters, the many people who aren’t well aquainted with our Board of Education or San Francisco schools in general will appreciate the guidance and help us elect candidates who will truly move our schools forward.