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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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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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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.