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MAYOR LEE APPOINTS SF PARENT PAC BOARD MEMBER JEFF SHEEHY AS NEW DISTRICT 8 SUPERVISOR

January 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2017

Contact:
Michelle Parker
President, SF Parent PAC
415-260-8572
michdparker@gmail.com

MAYOR LEE APPOINTS SF PARENT PAC BOARD MEMBER JEFF SHEEHY AS NEW DISTRICT 8 SUPERVISOR

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San Francisco — Mayor Ed Lee announced his appointment Friday morning, January 6, to fill the District 8 Supervisor seat vacated by Scott Wiener when he was elected to the State Senate in November 2016 as Jeff Sheehy. Sheehy, a member of the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee steering committee, is a longtime HIV/AIDS and LGBT civil rights activist and a person living with HIV. He was also the HIV/AIDS advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Sheehy is a founding member of the Steering Committee of San Francisco’s Getting to Zero Consortium, which aims to make the City the first municipality to achieve the UNAIDS goals of zero new infections, zero HIV deaths and zero HIV stigma.  He also serves on the Industry Collaboration Group of the International AIDS Society’s Towards an HIV Cure project. Sheehy has served on the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine since its inception and is leaving his position as director for communications at the UCSF AIDS Research Institute to take on this Supervisor role.

Jeff and his partner have a daughter in San Francisco public schools. He made it clear that he prioritizes great children and family policy during the announcement made by Mayor Ed Lee Friday saying, “…If we don’t do right by our kids, we’re not creating the right future for this city.” Senator Scott Wiener said of the appointment, “Jeff will be a great advocate for San Francisco’s families.  As a public school parent and advocate, Jeff understands the challenges families face in San Francisco.  Jeff is committed to a robust and outstanding public school system, high quality Rec and Park programs, and middle class affordability.”

Sheehy will be sworn in at a ceremony in City Hall Sunday and begins his new job on Monday.

About the San Francisco Parent PAC
Founded by and for San Francisco parents in 2010, San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (PAC) is committed to giving parents a voice in the political process to positively impact the lives of all San Francisco families.  San Francisco Parent PAC supports and promotes city candidates, measures and policies that will most effectively:

  1. Ensure high quality education for every child in every neighborhood;

  2. Increase access to affordable youth programs that support working families and enrich the lives of our children; and

  3. Sustain healthy, safe and vibrant communities citywide.

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Common Core Math Implementation Update

April 16, 2015

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The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (The Parent PAC) has been following the Common Core Math Implementation debate very closely over the past couple of months – listening to parents’ concerns and speaking with SFUSD leadership.

At Tuesday night’s (4/14) Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Carranza announced that class sizes in 8th grade math will be reduced to an average of 22-24 students, down from the current average of 32-34 students. He also announced that math coaches would be placed in every middle school to work with teachers. Superintendent Carranza stated that these two changes will help facilitate an effective implementation of the Common Core math curriculum. Furthermore, the Superintendent announced the following benchmarks to hold the District accountable for this implementation plan:

  • By June 2018, SFUSD will have reduced the number of students needing to retake Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2 by 50% from numbers recorded for June 2013.  This goal will be true for the entire population of SFUSD students as well as each ethnicity with statistically significant numbers. And;

  • By June 2018, SFUSD will increase the number of students taking and passing 4th year math courses (post Algebra 2 courses) with a C or better by 10%. And;

  • By June 2018, SFUSD will increase the number of Latino and African American students who take and pass Advanced Placement math courses by 20%.

We believe these changes represent steps in the right direction and would like to specifically thank Commissioner Rachel Norton for advocating for smaller class sizes, math coaches, and accountability. We would also like to thank Commissioner Norton for embracing an open dialogue with Parent PAC leadership during this process.

While we applaud class size reduction, onsite coaches and accountability, we remain uneasy that over 500 8th grade students are prepared for acceleration in Math and that the District has chosen to  primarily use differentiation to meet these students’ academic needs. We are hopeful the District has made the right decision. Accordingly, we will be following the implementation closely

The Parent PAC would like to acknowledge all of the parents throughout San Francisco who have taken the time to share their opinions with SFUSD – parents like Lafayette Elementary’s Annette Hurst. Parent advocates got the attention of Supervisors Katy Tang and Scott Wiener who penned a joint letter to Superintendent Carranza asking him to continue to engage parents in discussions regarding the implementation of these new standards. You can read the letter from the Supervisors here. We appreciate the Supervisors’ support of parent advocacy.

Finally, throughout this discussion, the Parent PAC has reminded the District that parents are educational partners and should always be treated respectfully. At times, it did not feel that the District lived up to this expectation. However, District leadership has assured us that they do view parents as partners and are willing to work with the Parent PAC and other parent groups to better engage parents going forward. The Parent PAC plans to offer some ideas on how parent engagement can be improved, in the near future.

Sincerely,

The Steering Committee

SF Parent PAC

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SF SODA TAX’S BIG TENT OF SUPPORTERS JUST GOT BIGGER

February 11, 2014

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The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (SF Parent PAC) is pleased to announce that last night (2/10/14) the San Francisco PTA (2nd District Parent Teacher Association) unanimously endorsed  the San Francisco Soda Tax.  The SF PTA joins a growing list of grassroots organizations and elected officials endorsing The Soda Tax.  The most recent endorsements of The Soda Tax include Assemblymember Phil Ting; Supervisor David Campos; and The California Nurses Association.  Finally, the Executive Board of UESF (San Francisco Teacher’s Union) has recommended endorsement to its membership.

 

The Soda Tax would levy a $.02 per ounce tax on all  sugary beverages of 25 calories or more with sugar added to them (exempted from this tax are juices, milk products, and nutritional supplements like Ensure).  The tax is estimated to reduce consumption of sugary beverages by up to 25% as well as raise $31 million annually to fund active recreation in SF’s public schools and Rec and Parks.  Additionally the revenues will be used to help access to healthy foods and nutritional education through SF’s public schools and the SF Dept of Health.

 

The Soda Tax has already been endorsed by Senator Mark Leno; Assemblymember Tom Ammiano; Supervisors Wiener, Mar, Cohen, Avalos. and Chiu; the SFUSD Board of Education, The Hospital Council of Northern California; The SF Medical Society; and The Trust for Public Land.

 

On another note, Dana Woldow, a columnist for Beyond Chron has been doing an outstanding job of chronicling Big Soda’s deceptive practices in fighting the soda tax.  You can read her latest article here http://tinyurl.com/kqsd5vh.

 

Finally, The SF Parent PAC can not do this work alone.  With your support, we can continue to give parents a strong voice in San Francisco politics.  Please consider donating here https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=37691

 

You can read the San Francisco PTA’s press release in its entirety here www.sfpta.org

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Support For The Soda Tax Continues to Grow–Senator Leno, Assemblymember Ammiano, and Supervisor Chiu Endorse The Soda Tax

January 30, 2014
The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) applauds Senator Mark LenoAssemblymember Tom Ammiano, and President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu for their endorsement of “The Soda Tax” legislation being sponsored by Supervisors Wiener, Mar, Cohen, and Avalos.  In additions Supervisor Chiu has added his name as the 5th co-sponsor of the legislation.
The legislation calls for a $.02 per ounce tax on all beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces and added caloric sweeteners, including sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks.  The tax does not apply to diet sodas, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, or milk.
The Soda Tax is expected to raise $31 million annually in revenue.  This new revenue will be allocated to San Francisco’s public schools, Rec and Parks, Dept of Public Health and SF Public Utilities Commission to expand and improve programs focused on nutrition, physical education, and access to healthy foods.
The Parent PAC endorsed The Soda Tax on December 11, 2013.  The San Francisco Board of Education endorsed the measure on January 14, 2014.
Please consider supporting the Parent PAC so we can continue to advocate on behalf of San Francisco’s Children!  https://sfparentpac.com/by-credit-card/
Please find President of the Board of Supervisor’s Press Release announcing his support for The Soda Tax below
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 30, 2014

Contact: Nicole Derse, Campaign Spokesperson

nicole@50p1.com

Cell: 415-652-4979

Assembly Candidate David Chiu Announces

Early Support for Soda Tax Measure

SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2014):  Today, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced his early support for the soda tax measure that will appear on the local November ballot.  He will join his colleagues as a co-sponsor for the measure.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will join a diverse coalition of supporters at the campaign kickoff this Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 am at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA at 1601 Lane Street in San Francisco.

“Childhood obesity is seriously impacting our communities, and we must do something about it,” said Chiu.  “This ballot measure will provide critical resources for health education and recreation opportunities for children across San Francisco.”

Supervisor Chiu is proud to join Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen, the San Francisco Board of Education, parents, health professionals, and community advocates in support for this measure.

The David Chiu for Assembly campaign continues to grow each week.  For more information on his campaign and on President Chiu’s record, please visit www.votedavidchiu.com.

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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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