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