Thursday, November 02, 2006

SF Stand Up for Small Schools!

Stand Up For Small Schools!
Wednesday November 8th -
June Jordan School for Equity - 325 La Grande@ Brazil St. (Excelsior District)

*Please arrive at 5:30*
Please join us in this action with over 200 families, students, teachers and community members as we ask San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Gwen Chan and Board President Norman Yee to commit to:

Support for a strong Small Schools Policy and the autonomy of Small Schools by Design

Protecting unique leadership structures and innovative curriculum

A positive working partnership with school communities across San Francisco

In June 2006 the San Francisco School Board unanimously approved the formation of a Small Schools Policy Task Force with the charge of forming a policy for Small Schools by Design for SFUSD. Although San Francisco is one of the higher achieving urban school districts in California it has one of the highest achievement gaps in California.
Small schools by design are a nationally recognized progressive school reform that has a proven track record for closing the achievement gap for urban youth. The policy will be reviewed by the Board on November 14th and this is our opportunity to share why these schools are important to us and get them to commit to our vision.
For more information contact Allison at 415-452-4922
Forward this to as many folks as possible! Power in Numbers!

For more on the politics of San Francisco's small schools advocacy -
From my blog - blogging-from-mission-high-school
Other resources: - may 3 2006 A Study in Size
Mark Sanchez and Eric Mar's original SFUSD small schools policy from June 2006 national resources
Rethinking Schools resources on small schools
June 2002 Asianweek piece on our work with SFOP to bring about our current policies
San Francisco Magazine article with context of politics of SF's reform efforts

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