PINOY TEACHERS NETWORK
San Francisco Pilipino communities have historically struggled for educational rights and community empowerment -
- from the battles to maintain Manilatown, resist evictions and to save the International Hotel from Dec. 1968 - Aug. 4, 1977,
- to our fight for bilingual education and language equality in the Lau vs. Nichols Supreme Court case from 1974. [Jim Crawford's Language Rights Website is one of the best around].
- San Francisco communities are fortunate to have many unique and innovative schools and programs in our district -
for example, Bessie Carmichael Elementary School's Dual Immersion program,
our nationally reknowned Fipino Education Center, and the
PEP project at Balboa High School led by my SF State University Asian American Studies colleague Allyson Tintianco-Cubales.
Many of these types of programs came about because the community demanded them and are keeping the pressure on the school board and district.
- The South of Market Community Action Network - SOMCAN - is one group that is working with grassroots community forces to support these programs and to hold the school district and City accountable to the low income immigrant communities.