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.
September 8, 2014 | Data Doesn’t Lie: Fix School Assignment Now
The status quo isn’t working.
Both the school board and school district acknowledge that the number of segregated schools is rising. Efforts to manufacture diversity through the assignment process have not succeeded in fourteen-plus years. The intentions are good, but the data show it’s just not happening. Instead, we have a commuter school system that inflicts heavy costs on families, communities, and the environment without the intended benefits.
We appreciate and respect our school board for all their hard work. On the ... | Read More >
September 2, 2014 | Time to Address School Diversity’s Original Sin
by SF Moderates Board
In San Francisco, the two biggest issues emerging for this November’s school board election are student assignment and a potential teachers’ strike. They’re related, and here’s why we should all care.
Because of fairness and predictability flaws, the student assignment process is the “original sin” that results in a school district that’s 12% white in a city that’s nearly half white while the number of racially isolated schools is rising. How can we improve diversity or close the ... | Read More >
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 6, 2014 | Public School Assignment – “The CTIP Flip”
by Lee Hsu
I’m a public school parent who went through the current assignment process. It wasn’t fun for me or for my two boys. Thankfully, we have an opportunity to make things better if parents will support neighborhood schools and insist on great schools in every neighborhood.
A world-class city like San Francisco should have world-class public schools that draw middle-class families to the city. For our school system to go from good to world-class, we need to keep more families ... | Read More >
August 3, 2014 | Does the School Board Matter?
by Joel Engardio
Lots of San Francisco voters skip school board elections. Maybe it’s because just 16 percent of The City’s households have kids. Nationally, the number is 44 percent.
Yet school board policies affect everyone.
For example, all good San Francisco liberals – parents or not — should care if a complicated school assignment system contributes to the widening economic gap.
Stuck in traffic? All drivers should realize how school assignment worsens the maddening crawl.
And aspiring homeowners will want to know how the ... | Read More >
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 >