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06-2022

Is the Board of Education listening to the elections? – Beyond Krone

Is the Board of Education listening to the elections?  - Beyond Krone

Is the Board of Education listening to the elections? - Beyond Krone

Has the recall caused a change?

Big things are coming in front of the Board of Education in these next few weeks.

There are 2 sittings dedicated to Lowell admissions. And just this Tuesday board chairman Jenny Lamo
Submit a proposed proposal to the Board to focus on “Student Outcome Centric Governance”.

Is the board turning to nuts and bolts? hard to know, but such an effort is worthwhile and
Last time’s pending. Anxieties grow and continue to grow.

A recent survey by the San Francisco Standard has public education leadership at 4% strong approval. Recently recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin received a strong 8% approval, more than double that of 1,048 registered voters, in a poll this May.

The first major item taken by the board is a lottery for Lowell High School admissions, the last two
years. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Vincent Matthews, Weeks
Away from retirement, submit two proposed proposals – the first is about the 2023 policy-
2024 school year, and another proposes to one group to work on a plan after that.

Board of Education President Jenny Lam has taken her with an “open heart and mind”.
Upcoming meetings on June 16 and, possibly, June 22. reading up on that from a prepared statement
Laptops at the May 24 board meeting, Lam said, “It is now our responsibility as this board”
Go ahead and settle the matter. This is what society expects from its elected leaders.
Take responsibility.”

A recent survey by the San Francisco Standard found that 13% of respondents supported the lottery.
Admission to that high school. That is, one in eight people voted.

Lowell is a lightning rod for claims of racial concerns and is one of the highest ranked
schools in the country. US News & World Report ranked it just #6 out of California’s 1,600 high.
school and #82 out of 24,000 US public high schools.

Attempts to enter Lowell by lottery in 2021 contributed to inspire sentiment
Recalling the board of 3 education commissioners earlier this year. Also, calling resolution
Such an action was considered a violation of the Brown Act for improper meeting notices.

The district has a whole bunch of problems, many brought to the fore after being recalled and replaced
3 out of 7 Boards of Education Commissioners. The problem of payment of salaries of teachers is going on. in battle
Middle School. Parents upset by the words of the primary school principal
Leaving the district Lunch is not cooked to a healthy temperature.

And then there are the unheard of big items going on. Enrollment fall without any plan
Bringing in new students. The structural deficit is not of the right size with the budget. Increasing pension burden
teacher shortage. The reading and maths marks continue in the wrong direction. A new school assignment system was postponed. Too many schools for the number of students. So many questions about the cost of facilities. Advisory boards are not being filled.

Board meetings have changed satisfactorily since the days of the former Board President
Gabriella Lopez. Meetings, after some board administration training, organized by President Lam
Have been more collegial, more focused. Selection of new incoming superintendent mat
Wayne had little public dissent.

Are the changes coming too big and too fast? Budget deficit still persists. student
There is no reassuring plan for improving outcomes ranging from mental health to math performance.
A slide Budget proposal commissioner Matt Alexander is the budget chairman. Head General Counsel Danielle Hawke, who lost the trial, has retained her position.

Now Chairman Lam asks us to have more confidence, as she wants to suspend all board committees for an indefinite period. Public comments, limited to five minutes, were skeptical. “If there is no transparency and accountability in the committees, then where will it be? Where can families join? asked Alida Fischer, advocacy chair of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. Teachers union president Cassondra Curiel also shared the concerns.

In response to these questions, Chairman Lam shared a statement, “The board is beginning to redesign
Its working and how we are putting a strong focus on student outcomes and wellbeing… it is a
Temporary move but a necessary one.”

Clearly 5 out of 7 commissioners need to consent to take this proposed proposal forward.

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