Photo from HBO's WALKOUT.
Now that the November 7th election is behind us, our Board of Education has some serious decisions to make. Tonight I meet with our Superintendent Search Task Force. Outgoing Commissioners Dan Kelly and Sarah Lipson are also on the committee along former Mayor Art Agnos and longtime non-profit leader Jan Masaoka and others. Tonight we are setting out a process and goals to select a community-friendly search firm to assist us in our search for a new superintendent by the end of the academic year.
Tomorrow night we also face some tough decisions on everything from the proposed 'merger' of Burton High School with Leadership High School [which I oppose], to adding race as one of several factors in our student assignment/desegregation/equity plan for our district [which I support], and a proposal to phase out the district's JROTC program [which I support] and use the $1 million we currently spend on it for replacement programs to provide better alternatives for the 1600 high schoolers on 7 campuses who are currently in the program.
The "Equality for All" photo above is symbolic of the Chicano/Latino movement for equality and democracy in Los Angeles and throughout the Southwest US. I like the photo because it represents the easiest part of serving on the school board - supporting the demands for an equal education and equity in school district decision-making from low income communities of color. The hardest part though is managing our budget with huge enrollment declines [1000 this past year] in an era of defunding of public education. Also very difficult often is striving to do my best to listen to diverse communities/points of view during our board deliberations while also doing what I think is in the best interest of social jusitice and equity for all our communities. Tuesday night 11/14 will be one of those difficult evenings.
The meeting begins at 7pm at 555 Franklin, Board Meeting Room, San Francisco, but often folks have to arrive very early [6pm] in order to get a seat, unless you don't mind sitting in the overflow room with an inability to see what is going on at the meeting.
Call 415-241-6493 during the day to get on the speaker's list if you would like to speak at the meeting.