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Formal asks related to SF Kids Can’t Wait campaign
Dear Superintendent Dr. Wayne and SFUSD Board of Education, Parents, educators, community members, and supporters of math and reading equity and excellence have six requests for SFUSD district leadership to ensure we are improving access to high-quality education for every SFUSD student, starting with our youngest learners in elementary school. You’ve been starting to receive…Read More
SB 691 (Portantino) – SUPPORT
March 24, 2023Honorable Anthony Portantino1021 O Street, Suite 7630Sacramento, CA 95814Re: SB 691 (Portantino) – SUPPORT Dear Senator Portantino: I write on behalf of SF Parent Coalition in support of SB 691. This bill would require the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt evidence-based screening tools which are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate to…Read More
SB 691 – Early Screening for Risk of Dyslexia – SUPPORT
March 17, 2023 The Honorable Josh NewmanChair, Senate Committee on Education1021 O Street, Suite 6740Sacramento, CA 95814RE: SB 691 (Portantino) – Early Screening for Risk of Dyslexia – SUPPORT Dear Chair Newman:I write on behalf of SF Parent Coalition in strong support of SB 691, which would help eliminateinequities of opportunity by requiring all local…Read More
Open Letter to SFUSD Superintendent Wayne and Board of Education
Dear Superintendent Wayne and the Board of Education Commissioners, What are we doing? New state reading and math proficiency scores should be a red flag for SFUSD On October 24th, SF Unified published in its news communications to families, educators, and the community that “SFUSD Remains Ahead of State in Students Meeting Standards.” This is…Read More
Collins, López and Moliga are out. Here’s how parents can keep the new S.F. school board in line.
San Francisco Chronicle: Open Forum, February 15, 2022 It’s finally over. San Francisco Board of Education members Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga have been voted out in a recall — voters made it clear that the school board failed its 50,000 students when kids needed them the most. This was no small feat,…Read More
SF Parent Coalition and four former BOE presidents calling for a delay in superintendent application deadline.
San Francisco, CA (Feb 8, 2022) – SF Parent Coalition and four former SFUSD school board presidents are calling for a delay in the deadline for superintendent candidates to submit their applications. The current deadline is February 18, 2022. The incoming Superintendent will face a challenging climate and, potentially, a new Board of Education. In…Read More
S.F. public school parents found their voices during the pandemic. They’re not done fighting for kids
San Francisco’s public schools have long been run by central office administrators and school board members. But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and those groups let parents down big time — brushing off their concerns about distance learning harming their children — parents found a group that wanted to listen. They found each other ……Read More
Decreasing the Distance is becoming San Francisco Parent Coalition!
On behalf of this organization’s executive board, we have a big announcement to make: Decreasing the Distance is soon officially relaunching as San Francisco Parent Coalition. If, like me, you found hope in this community and our advocacy this last year, please join me in becoming a member of the SF Parents network (it’s free!).…Read More
A Year of Harm and Counting: San Francisco’s Ongoing Public School Failure
We published a report looking at what the data tells us about the impact of prolonged school closures on the wellbeing of the city’s public school children. Read the report here.Read More
Op Ed: Restoring faith in San Francisco’s public schools
Last week SFUSD welcomed 6,056 of our youngest elementary students back to school. Children were greeted with parades of balloons, welcome signs, masked cheering from families and school staff, and tears of relief and happiness. Would their friends remember them? Was their teacher tall or short? What would their classroom look like? The big moment…Read More