Wednesday, June 13, 2007

SF Chooses New Schools Superintendent Carlos Garcia; African Americans and Immigrant Rights Groups Build Alliances

San Francisco Unified School District's 2-year nationwide search for a new superintendent concluded last night at our Board of Education meeting and this morning with our official announcement of Carlos Garcia as our new Superintendent.
Garcia is a veteran urban school district superintendent with 11 years experience overseeing districts with enrollments ranging from 7,800 to 300,000 students including two large urban school districts - Fresno , California , and Clark County , Nevada . Clark County District is the 5th largest school district in the country.

Garcia was principal at San Francisco's Horace Mann Middle School - in the Mission District - from 1988 to 1991. During his tenure, the school was restructured, student achievement improved, and the school was designated as both a California Distinguished school and a Blue Ribbon school. Under his leadership Mann was one of the first middle schools in the country to implement block scheduling and there was a long waiting list of families seeking admission.

June Jordan School for Equity teacher Giulio Sorro, a former student of Garcia's at Horace Mann, said Garcia brings a strong sense of community and compassion to his leadership. Sorro and hundreds of district staff welcomed Carlos back home today with open arms. Outgoing superintendent Gwenn Chan who is retiring this summer passed a torch to Garcia and wished him good luck in taking the reins of SFUSD.

To me, Carlos brings the spirit of a 'street fighter' who will challenge all our students to reach their full potential. Our board and district staff will be working him as well to aggressively fight for equity and social justice and to move our district forward for all our communities.

Mainstream press coverage about Garcia's record, accomplishments and challenges -
- SF Chronicle 6/13
SF Examiner 6/13
SF Bay Guardian Opinion 0606
In the tradition of building stronger unity within and between communities of color, San Francisco Bay Area African American and immigrant rights groups are building bridges for racial justice and human rights this evening.

Please join The Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the Bay AreaImmigrant Rights Coalition

A Forum and Report Back from: Braving Borders, Building Bridges: A Journey for Human Rights

An African American Tour of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Program: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Laney College Forum

900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Donations accepted

African American leaders will share their experiences on a human rights tour of the US-Mexico border. They include Rev. Phil Lawson, San Pablo City Councilmember Leonard McNeil, former Peralta Community College Board Member Alona Clifton, Liz Derias of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and BAJI Coordinator Gerald Lenoir.

We will hear music, have dinner and begin creating relationships necessary to foster true positive change for all our communities.

For more information, contact Gerald Lenoir at bajimail@yahoo. com, (510) 849-9940 or Larisa Casillas at 510-839-7598, larisa@immigrantrig

MORE INFO on Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition

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