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 13, 2015  |  Saving City College With Competence

City College Trustees Rafael Mandelman (left) and Alex Randolph

By Joel P. Engardio

I grew up in the General Motors factory town of Saginaw, Michigan raised by a single mom. She cleaned people’s houses by day and started taking night courses at the local community college to get a better job when I was 9.

On her way to class, she dropped me off at the Delta College pool for open swim with other kids in the same situation. Our only supervision ... | Read More >

December 17, 2014  |  Doing, Not Shaming, Will Make Tech More Diverse

By Lee Hsu

By now, you’ve likely heard about data revealing a lack of diversity in tech companies. As often happens these days, the shame game is in full effect. Shame on the tech industry for not hiring more women and minorities. Shame on executives and board members for their complicity. Shame on shareholders for not demanding more diversity.

The shame game has its role in raising awareness and urging accountability. But it also has limitations in ... | Read More >

October 21, 2014  |  The Leg Fart Heard ‘Round San Francisco

By Lee Hsu

A defining moment in my campaign for school board arose recently when my younger son started demonstrating leg farts to an elected official sitting next to me. He bragged about it as he clasped an open palm behind his knee and extended and bent his leg rapidly.

I froze for a moment, unsure whether to laugh it off or to apologize profusely. She let me off the hook with a grin, for which I was ... | Read More >

October 8, 2014  |  My Life as a San Francisco Public School Parent

by Alex Teu

I am the parent of a 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy. My wife and I have been able to work around and benefit from the intricacies of the SF School Assignment System, and yet I’d still like it changed. Let me tell you why.

When we were first considering school for our daughter, we knew what schools we wanted to target and confident that we would get them. At the top of the list were ... | Read More >

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 >