Newsletter April 26, 2023

Weekly updates from SF Parents
Dear Parents and Supporters,

It’s hard to believe how quickly we’re approaching the end of the 2023-24 school year. We’ve been busy over here at SF Parents, and we’re sure you’ve been, too. If you didn’t make it out for our happy hour at Manny’s, we hope you’ll join us for the next one. Also coming up and not to miss:


Our final monthly meeting of this school year is on Thursday May 18th, 12-1pm via Zoom, with special guest SFUSD Board of Education President Kevine Boggess. We’re looking forward to hearing his perspective on how the board and district are doing–especially with their commitment to focus >50% of meeting time on student outcomes, and how they’re planning to achieve SFUSD’s new and ambitious goals to improve student proficiency in literacy, math, and career and college readiness.

The Parent Advocacy Scoop


What’s the latest on math and literacy? At the risk of repeating ourselves, we’d like to remind SFUSD that our K-8 math curriculum doesn’t seem to be working well for most of our students, especially our focal populations… ( 👀 keep an eye out for a data summary from us in coming weeks). Rather than waste time and resources on a lengthy audit, SFUSD should identify research-based curricula and materials that DO work and have proven success in similarly-sized districts with diverse student populations. 8th grade algebra access has been getting a lot of attention, which is important, and our early math program is critical to tackle, as well.


In terms of how the literacy overhaul is going, we’re hoping to meet with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction team one more time before the end of the school year for an update on the first pilot (“Benchmark”). Would you like to join us? Email [email protected]


Teacher raises and a balanced budget. The starting salary for a credentialed teacher with a bachelor’s degree in San Francisco is less than $70K, lower than most surrounding districts in the Bay Area. Our teachers need to be paid more. Alongside educator raises, we expect nothing less than for SFUSD and the Board of Education to balance our budget and align spending to our goals for improved student outcomes, fully addressing our structural deficit and ensuring compliance with all state requirements.

LCAP Town Halls and other parent voice opportunities. If you haven’t yet attended an LCAP Town Hall and provided your input, there are a few opportunities left. We applaud SFUSD for making these parent (and school!) voice opportunities available to the community, and we hope to see these continue next school year and beyond. When school districts involve families and community, students can thrive. Plus, a blast from the past: If you’re still unsure what “LCAP” means, check out this oldie but goodie from our Decreasing the Distance (DtD) days, with SF Parents board member Seth Brenzel and Second District PTA VP of Leadership, Michelle Parker: What’s the LCAP and Why Should I Care?


Pink Slips again? What’s the deal with pink slips and why are they happening again? These are stressful for our teachers and administrators to receive. Last year SF Parents produced a brief explainer on pink slips and why they happen. Learn more here.





City Hall, Room 250

Virtual information here

We’ve heard 🦗🦗🦗 about implementation of Prop G funds since it overwhelmingly passed by voters in November 2022. The City is holding a hearing this Thursday April 27th at 4PM. Please attend virtually or in-person and make sure the City, District, and DCYF (administering department) understand that parents and voters passed these funds with the understanding that dollars would be tied directly to student success. That means: spending these dollars on evidence-based programming and services that will get closest to the student. Think: high-dosage literacy and math tutoring.

How are we going to ensure these dollars are tied to student success?

What will accountability for these funds look like?

Call in or attend in person to make your voice heard.


Congratulations to parent advocate Rebekah D. and family!

Thank you to the *444* families who completed our spring survey! This is an incredible turnout of parent voice and will help SF Parent Coalition as we plan ahead for the 2023-24 school year. Our advocacy comes from you–a broad and diverse parent network from 110 SFUSD schools–and your input ensures that our priorities reflect what SFUSD families are most concerned about.


And, congratulations to our lucky winner, Rebekah D., who received 4 Giants tickets to a game this season.

Here is a little more about Rebekah:


School affiliation(s): Daniel Webster Elementary


Loves about SFUSD: The integration of mindfulness in the classroom and celebration of the diverse cultures found in our city. 
Hopeful for / Would like to see improved at SFUSD: Communication with parents and real support for children who need it, whether it’s with finding the right IEP or ensuring adequate attention to redirecting inappropriate behaviors.
Why she joined SF Parent Coalition: To stay apprised of issues impacting our schools and to help advocate for our kids.
Favorite Giants player: Buster Posey! 

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