Schools

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.

October 21, 2014  |  The Leg Fart Heard Around 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 >

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 >