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September 2, 2014  |  Video of Actual Parent Running for School Board

This isn’t your typical campaign video. But Lee Hsu isn’t your typical school board candidate. He’s an actual parent with kids in elementary school. He also knows it’s possible to create good schools in every neighborhood that families can walk to. See what Lee Hsu has to say about the frustration of driving kids to school and how we can focus more on the joy of parenting.

August 27, 2014  |  Time to Shake Up the School Board

by SF Moderates Board

We were disappointed to learn that the SF School Board dropped the ball on an important vote that would have made it easier for some families to attend their neighborhood school.  The school assignment system frustrates many families, but there was a fix – backed by data – that school board candidate Lee Hsu has been calling for since last year. Two school board members saw merit in what Hsu was pointing out. But they were the ... | Read More >

August 20, 2014  |  Speak Up Now for Walkable Schools

by Lee Hsu

Do you want a school that’s within walking distance?  Do you want to give the school board input on what would keep you in public school instead of opting for private school or leaving San Francisco for the predictability of suburban schools?

If so, join us at SFUSD headquarters on Tuesday, August 26, 6pm, at 555 Franklin St (@Fulton).

The school board is considering a modest change to the school assignment process that will have a big ... | Read More >

August 19, 2014  |  San Francisco’s tale of two school systems

By Joel Engardio

Charles Dickens remains timeless as politicians try to win votes by comparing today’s economic inequality with his 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

While hyperbole is easy in the absence of French Revolution-era guillotines, the disparity gap is quite real — and surprisingly wide — in San Francisco’s tale of two school systems.

Consider: More than 60 percent of public-school students in San Francisco are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. And the public-school population has ... | Read More >

August 15, 2014  |  The Promise and Polemics of Sharing

by Ian Kalin

The most effective protests aren’t always the loudest.  Sometimes, change advocates are more effective conducting business in living rooms instead of marching in the streets.  This is evident in the “sharing economy”, which is famously demonstrated by companies like AirBNB, where individual homeowners can rent out a spare room to visitors.  The comparative power of the “distributed-many” versus the “consolidate-few” is increasingly challenging political dynamics and traditional notions of democratic power.  Within San Francisco, in particular, ... | Read More >