Newsletter February 10, 2022 (English)

Weekly updates from SF Parents

School News & Board Report

Budget woes grow

There’s nothing easy about where we’re at with the SFUSD budget — we’re mid-shift now with moving from budgeting for 57,000 students to budgeting for 50,000 students. Our rational minds hear and understand comments like at this week’s school board meeting from state Budget Babysitter, Mr. Elliot Duchon, “I know this is a painful step, but it’s a necessary one.” Still, our hearts just sink, hearing public comments from families and teachers at Sheridan, Cobb, Lakeshore.

We’re right there with you in terms of worry and concern about everything from classroom closures to AP cuts to teacher layoffs. SF Parent Coalition asked SFUSD to organize a budget town hall for families, educators, and administrators to be transparent and clear about the cuts, what we can expect, how they are working to minimize impacts to our students. It sounds like that Town Hall is now in motion; stay tuned.

Learning loss data and recovery efforts

SFUSD’s data department finally released student outcomes data; data we’ve been asking for for months now. SF Parent Coalition is beginning to look closely at this data and will get back to you with what we learn. You can review the summary data here. One quick snippet that illustrates a beginning of our understanding about the impacts of school closures on our students’ learning loss:

~46% of Grade K-5 students are reading at grade level in Fall 2021 vs. ~52% in Fall 2019 (Pre-Pandemic)”

There’s a lot more to the data where that came from. Care to join our SFParents volunteer data analysis team?! We need you! Email

In the meantime, last week SF Parent Coalition helped spread the word to elementary school sites to get students signed up for FREE literacy tutoring. This tutoring is provided by BookNook through a partnership with SF Ed Fund and SFUSD, for our highest need students exhibiting signs of learning loss in reading. SF Parent Coalition hopes to see a comprehensive plan from SFUSD to assess and address the full extent of learning loss for all students.

Superintendent search

Applications are due on February 18th for candidates interested in applying to be SFUSD’s next superintendent. Wait a sec… Feb 18th? Well, there is a school board recall election happening next week, which could drastically impact the board composition and who would be ultimately selecting the next SFUSD superintendent this spring. Until those results have been certified (likely sometime in mid-March), SF Parent Coalition and four former presidents of the school board have called on SFUSD to delay the superintendent search timeline by one month. Read our press release for more information and stay tuned for their response!

School board qualifications

Last fall, many of you filled out our SF Parent Coalition questionnaire on the desired qualifications you want to see in future school board leaders. We’re summarizing that feedback and sending it in a letter to Mayor Breed, as she considers appointments to the school board should any seats become available after next week’s election. We will include the letter in our next newsletter and let you know if/what parents hear back from Mayor Breed!

Parent action corner! Add to this week’s To-Do list:

  • Download your school’s SARC report. SFUSD published every school’s School Accountability Report Card last week; these are reports that contain information about the performance of each public school. Download your school’s report and attend your school’s next SSC (School Site Council) meeting! All SSC meetings are required to be open to the school community. Don’t see it on the schedule? Email your school principal!
  • Vote. 🗳 It’s special election week in San Francisco. Don’t sit this one out. Vote! Turn in your ballot by Tuesday, February 15th.
  • Join us for SFParents Night Out. Join other SFParents members for a fun night out together, next Tuesday 2/15, at 7pm. RSVP here
  • Volunteer to support our work. We’re working on expanding our volunteer program! We’ll soon be reaching out to folks already signed up to volunteer. If you haven’t signed up and would like to help, sign up here!
  • Join an SFParents discussion group or advocacy workgroup. We’re getting these going again, too! What’s your interest? SPED? Public health protocols? Budget? 8th grade algebra? School site issues? Email us at to join a parent discussion/advocacy group and we’ll connect you with other parents!


In the Community

  • Bike Bus to school! Join the “bike bus” to school tomorrow if you live along / near this Bike Bus route, organized by Kid Safe SF. Props to #KidSafeSF for creating kid safe spaces in our city!
  • Mission Bay School. Bond monies were already set aside for the Mission Bay School and there’s a petition to support the plans for moving forward with construction.
  • Recall the School Board Finale Rally on Saturday, 2/12 at 10:30 AM at Carl Larsen Park on 19th Ave and Vicente organized by the Chinese/AAPI Voter Outreach Task Force. 

In the news

It’s special election season. Don’t forget to vote by Feb 15! 🗳

SF Parent Coalition, a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives, centers the needs of children and youth in San Francisco public schools by bringing together a diverse network of parents and caregivers to advocate for a thriving, equitable school system. Enjoy these emails? Forward to a friend! Want to do something more? Join as a member, or donate to support our work!

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