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SF Parent PAC November 2016 School Board Endorsements

August 28, 2016

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We are happy to announce the San Francisco Parent PAC’s endorsements for school board and community college board for the November 2016 election.

Board of Education:
Matt Haney
Trevor McNeil
Rachel Norton
Jill Wynns

Community College Board:
Amy Bacharach
Rafael Mandelman
Alex Randolph

Board of Education
The SF Parent PAC does in-depth interviews and vetting to determine who the strongest school board candidates are each election cycle. This year we had an outstanding pool of candidates to choose from. We also decided to try something new in our research process. Instead of having candidates complete our regular dissertation – er – questionnaire, we recorded videos of them answering several questions. We will be posting these videos on Facebook, our new YouTube channel, and our website over the coming weeks. These will be posted for all candidates who interviewed with us, which we hope you find helpful in getting to know where they all stand on critical issues facing our district.

Although we don’t agree with any of the incumbents all of the time (see our post last week regarding the teacher shortage), we felt they have each demonstrated a willingness to listen, consider various points of view, and work hard. We feel confident that on last week’s issue, and on others, that they are the more than capable of identifying solutions to the challenges our students and school communities face, and being held accountable to the communities they serve. Matt Haney has been particularly good at incorporating the long underrepresented student voice in district decisions, leading efforts such as Safe and Supportive Schools. Rachel Norton has been an excellent communicator with parents through her regular blog, as well as a great advocate for students with special needs. Jill Wynns has a stellar record as an advocate at the state level for district needs and understands education finance better than almost anyone we know.

Trevor McNeil is a teacher – a voice we desperately need to see represented on the school board. He has some fresh ideas around teacher retention, and as a new parent and SF resident, is especially invested in making sure the district is a place he’ll feel confident sending his own daughter. You may remember his name; he ran two years ago and came very close to winning. Since then he has stayed engaged and aware of the issues.

The common threads throughout all our interviews this year, and issues we’d like these candidates to consider and do something to address are:

  • Include parents in the search for a new Superintendent in an authentic way. No window dressing here. We want to see the search committee finds ways to have parents weigh in on the qualities our next leader should have in order to effectively communicate with and partner with families, and help our children be successful.
  • Attract and retain middle class families in SFUSD. Economically diverse schools help all students. When we show all families that we care about their child’s success and that there is a place for them to thrive, everybody wins.
  • Academic excellence. This phrase isn’t heard often enough around here. Every child has the potential for greatness, and the supports and expectations should be set for all children to reach it. One thing we say often is, the one thing no parent wants is for the school district to be what stands between their child and success – no matter what success looks like for that child, be it trade school, an engineering degree, or a job right out of high school.

Community College Board
San Francisco has heard more about community college over the past four years than we heard for decades before that! The institution has been through a lot recently with regards to accreditation and financial issues, and the current board has done an outstanding job tackling these issues and working to strengthen the college’s ability to support current and future students. Amy Bacharach, Rafael Mandelman, and Alex Randolph have been part of the board during this challenging time and we need each of them to continue doing the good work for the next four years.

We respectfully ask you to consider voting for each of these candidates on November 8!

 

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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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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

January 15, 2014

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January 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968scott.wiener@sfgov.org

Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410peter.lauterborn@sfgov.org

Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-4566malia.cohen@sfgov.org

Supervisor John Avalos, (415) 554-6975john.avalos@sfgov.org

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Proposal by San Francisco Supervisors Mar, Wiener, Cohen and Avalos will put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot to fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs

 

San Francisco, CA – Today the San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the sugary beverage tax proposed by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This resolution – which was authored by Board of Education Commissioners Rachel Norton, Matt Haney, and Jill Wynns—gives the full endorsement of the San Francisco Unified School District to a two cent per ounce sugary beverage tax to be placed on the ballot as proposed by Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen and John Avalos.

“We are excited and proud to have the support of the San Francisco Board of Education,” the Supervisors said in a joint statement. “The Commissioners represent those most impacted by the consumption of sugary beverages—our children. By giving their endorsement to a tax on sugary beverages, the Board of Education joins a broad coalition of public health advocates, community leaders, parents, and San Francisco residents who recognize the negative health effects these beverages are having on our collective city health and the value of a tax on sugary beverages to lower consumption and fund programs to improve our health.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to put this important health policy issue on the school district’s radar,” said School Board Commissioner Rachel Norton. “Consumption of sugary beverages has been found to be very destructive to the health of children, and children who have serious health issues like diabetes or obesity are at an academic, social and physical disadvantage. The San Francisco Unified School District is charged with educating children and preparing them for successful, productive lives, and protecting their health is undoubtedly a part of that.”

The tax is estimated to generate up to $31 million annually and to significantly reduce consumption of sugary beverages. The Supervisors will be introducing a final, unified measure at the Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks. Proceeds of the tax will be legally dedicated to funding physical activity and nutrition programs in San Francisco public schools (e.g., school lunch, physical education, and after-school programs), active recreation programs in San Francisco parks, food access, outreach and chronic disease prevention programs in the Department of Public Health, and grants to community-based organizations providing health, nutrition, and physical activity programs.

Under the terms of the legislation, disadvantaged/low-income communities, including those most impacted by the diabetes and obesity epidemics, will be prioritized in funding decisions. The tax is proposed for the November 2014 election for consideration by the voters. Because the tax proceeds will be legally restricted to nutrition, health, and physical activity programs, it will require a 2/3 affirmative vote. The measure is structured to require that funding be in addition to current funding levels and not utilized as replacement funding for existing programs.

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December 11, 2013

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For Immediate Release

December 11, 2013

Contact:

Tajel Shah

415.987.7672

sfparentpac@gmail.com

SAN FRANCISCO PARENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ENDORSES THE SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSALS HEADED FOR NOVEMBER 2014 BALLOT

San Francisco — Parent group joins call for sugary beverage tax to reduce consumption and fund important programs to improve children’s access to physical activity and nutrition.

On Tuesday, December 10th, the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) voted to support sugary beverage tax proposals by Supervisor Scott Wiener and Supervisor Eric Mar and co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Malia Cohen. Their proposals would create a two-penny per ounce tax on sugary beverages, with the proceeds dedicated to nutrition, physical activity, and health programs in public schools and parks. Supervisors Wiener and Mar have introduced similar but separate legislative proposals and expect those to be merged into one piece of legislation for placement on the November 2014 ballot.

The tax is also supported by School Board President Rachel Norton and Commissioners Jill Wynns and Matt Haney.

“The Parent PAC supports this tax that will fund increased physical activity and healthy food access as well as reduce the consumption of sugary beverages that directly contribute to the diabetes and obesity epidemics impacting San Francisco’s children,” stated Parent PAC President Tajel Shah.

The Parent PAC is proud to join the grassroots effort that will be needed to pass this measure in the November 2014 election. In conjunction with the reauthorization of the Children’s Amendment and The Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), the sugary beverage tax provides San Franciscans an historic opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the city’s children.

Learn more about the Parent PAC at sfparentpac.org

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Board of Ed Commissioner Wynns Authors Resolution to Make After School For All the Policy of SFUSD

November 26, 2013

The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that on Nov 5, 2013, Board of Education Commissioner Jill Wynns authored a Resolution to make it a policy at San Francisco Unified School District that high quality afterschool programming for all students exists at each school site. Commissioner Wynn’s Resolution can be found here: Wynns After School Resolution.

Supervisor Jane Kim has already offered a supporting Resolution at the Board of Supervisors encouraging the City of San Francisco to support this policy. Additionally, Supervisor Mark Farrell has called for a hearing to discuss making high quality afterschool programming for all students at each school site a reality.

The Parent PAC has been working collaboratively with Commissioner Wynns, Supervisor Kim, and Supervisor Farrell.  All three elected officials recognize the importance of this policy to help make San Francisco a city where “families can thrive.”

We can’t do this important work without your support; you can help us continue to communicate with families and elected officials about important issues like high quality afterschool programming. Please consider donating by credit card or by check.

– The Parent PAC Steering Committee

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SF Parent Political Action Committee Applauds Supervisor Farrell For Calling A Hearing to Discuss Afterschool For All

October 23, 2013
 
The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that we have been working in collaboration with Supervisors Mark Farrell and Jane Kim to help make afterschool programming for all families, at each school site, a reality. Additionally, the Parent PAC would like to recognize and thank Board of Education Commissioner Jill Wynns for her leadership in the school district on this issue. We also want to acknowledge Maria Su and Sandra Naughton at the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) for their tireless work and leadership in this area. Although the goal of “Afterschool for All” has not yet been achieved, the Parent PAC views the hearing below, called for by Supervisor Farrell, as an important step forward.
 
We can’t do this important work without your support; you can help us continue to communicate with families and elected officials about important issues like high quality afterschool programming. Please consider donating by credit card or by check.

 

– The Parent PAC Steering Committee

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For Immediate Release            

October 22, 2013                                                              

Contact:  Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell  415.554.7752

                Catherine Stefani  415.554.7720

                Margaux Kelly  415-554-7733

                Jess Montejano  415-554-7756

 

SUPERVISOR FARRELL CALLS FOR HEARING ON SAN FRANCISCO’S AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL INITIATIVE

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Farrell called for a hearing to evaluate the status of San Francisco’s Afterschool for All Initiative.  Progress has been made since Mayor Newsom and then Superintendent of Schools Gwen Chan made a pledge in 2005 to support the creation of a citywide afterschool system.   However, eight years later, we are still faced with a situation where an estimated 27% or 10,400 elementary and middle school youth who want access to afterschool programs do not currently have access to them.   

“If we are serious about keeping families in San Francisco, we need to take action that will actually make a difference,” stated Supervisor Farrell.  “We need to provide our working families with practical options for childcare, including afterschool programs at every school site across San Francisco.”

 

Currently, there is not enough “capacity” at schools to offer afterschool programming to all the children who need it at that school.  This forces parents to either leave work to take their child to another afterschool location and/or rely on MUNI or other forms of public transportation to take their children to yet another location.  Data indicates that most SFUSD parents prefer school-based afterschool programs over programs located off campus.  

While SFUSD currently sponsors 69 afterschool programs across elementary and middle school campuses, not all children in need at those schools are served by those programs.  In addition, at 10 SFUSD schools serving K-8, the district does not sponsor any afterschool programs.   Our Department of Children, Youth and Their Families has been working diligently on this issue by creating and facilitating the Afterschool for All Advisory Committee – now renamed the Expanded Learning Collaborative.  The San Francisco Unified School District is also working on increasing access and Commissioner Jill Wynns plans to introduce a resolution soon at the Board of Education to address this issue. 

“Afterschool programs help support working families by providing safe, healthy and educational environments for children while their parents work,” said Supervisor Farrell.  “They should be an essential part of our educational system.”

The hearing will give an opportunity to those departments who have been working on this issue to share the progress they have made, and will also examine how we can make changes to guarantee that if a parent needs their child to receive afterschool programming at the same school where the child attends, they are guaranteed a spot.

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July 25, 2013

Having a good summer? We hope it’s filled with lots of watermelon and laughs, with bee stings and sunburns at a minimum.

We want to let you know what the SF Parent PAC has been up to, to keep you in the loop. As a Political Action Committee for San Francisco’s parents, we’re busy trying to make our city a place where families can thrive.

This is what we worked on in the past year:

  • We helped re-elect Sandy Fewer, Rachel Norton, and Jill Wynns to the School Board, raising close to $45,000 and sending two mailers to some 50,000 households.
  • We supported a parks bond measure called Prop B, which ensures almost $200 million will be invested in our city’s park and recreation infrastructure. Most of the funding will go to traditionally underserved neighborhoods in the Southeastern part of the city.
  • We strongly supported building new soccer fields behind the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park, which were approved by the California Coastal Commission. The new fields will mean many more kids will get a chance to play in improved conditions.
  • We successfully lobbied City Hall to fully Fund the Public Education Enrichment Fund which will make sure every public elementary school will have a full time Physical Education teacher and librarian in the upcoming school year.
  • We helped pass Prop 30, which gives California’s public education system more funding.

These are our priorities going forward:

  • The reauthorization of the Public Education Enrichment Fund, which dedicates some City funds to ensure sports, arts, music and libraries in our public schools.
  • The reauthorization of the Children’s Fund, which sets aside some property tax funds for a wide array of children and youth programming, including parks and recreation, afterschool programming, athletics, academic enrichment, and more. . .
  • Analyzing the school district’s education reform application with the federal government.
  • Looking for outstanding candidates to run for School Board in 2014.

A special note on Afterschool Care:

  • Finding good and reliable afterschool care is difficult for all working parents. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you make. While some schools offer great programs for all students, too many don’t. We believe every school can be like Commodore Sloat and Jose Ortega, offering the same level of high quality afterschool programming for all. We are already talking to officials on the school board, at the school district, and City Hall to make “Afterschool for All” at every school a reality.

We can’t do this important work without your support. You can help us continue to communicate with families and elected officials about these important issues. Please consider a contribution. You can donate by credit card: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=37691

Or by check: https://sfparentpac.com/by-check/

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!!