Education is an investment in our future. That’s why we must raise the quality of all public schools in San Francisco so every child has the opportunity to succeed. We can do this by supporting public magnet schools in language, arts and sciences. These programs will attract parents who have fled to private schools and keep families from leaving San Francisco for better schools elsewhere. We also support a change in the school assignment system that will allow families to walk their children to school. Walkable schools strengthen communities, reduce traffic congestion and allow for more family time at home.

June 22, 2014  |  Rallying cry for SF’s moderates

By Joel Engardio

In any other city, I’m considered liberal. I support health care as a right, Hillary Clinton for president and same-sex marriage in every state. I believe that we must address climate change and spend more on education than the military.

But it doesn’t matter in San Francisco: I’m still not blue enough for the “progressive” label here.

That’s because I also happen to believe potholes must be filled and buses and trains need to run on time before government employees ... | Read More >

June 18, 2014  |  Plan C Becomes SF Moderates

Plan C Becomes SF Moderates

New Name Is Beacon for Residents Who Wish San Francisco Was Run on Common Sense

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 18, 2014 – Plan C San Francisco today announced that the organization has changed its name to SF Moderates. The new name more closely reflects the organization’s core values and its efforts to be a voice for moderate voters in San Francisco. The change is effectively immediately.

“We want to make it clear that ... | Read More >

May 11, 2014  |  How to resurrect a public school in SF

By Joel Engardio

Elementary school graduations are cute, yet they hardly match the hat tossing euphoria of the U.S. Naval Academy or the pomp of an Ivy League procession. But don’t tell that to the first-ever fifth-grade class graduating from the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila Elementary this month.

With the mythological phoenix as their mascot, they deserve a celebration fit for rising from the ashes of public education in San Francisco.

De Avila is in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury and it symbolized ... | Read More >

December 15, 2013  |  A ‘Hunger Games’ for parents in San Francisco

By Joel Engardio

Ask any parent remaining in San Francisco (a city with more dogs than kids) to describe the process of applying for public school and you’ll often hear “nightmare.”

Getting a child into kindergarten is nearly as complicated and competitive as college admissions. Parents rank multiple choices and spin a roulette wheel — unless they can afford private school. Others flee San Francisco for places that are deemed more family friendly.

Want to walk your child to school in The City? ... | Read More >

July 9, 2013  |  Simple as ABC: A Better Course for San Francisco Schools

All parents want their kids to attend good schools. What is a good school? A safe place where students learn from engaged teachers with a diverse group of peers and a supportive parent community. A lot of learning happens among students of different backgrounds and cultures. Diversity is a top goal of San Francisco schools. But how are we really doing?

Unmet Goals.

Between 2000 and 2008, our schools became increasingly less diverse. More schools became segregated, defined as 60 percent of ... | Read More >