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the hope is that the commissioner norton talks about will be avoided when the community has a full discussion about what the expectations in each school community are. >> i just -- you know, as those conversations take place, what's clearly happened is that, you know, we used to regard wearing hats as something that you only did outside and not as part of, you know, fashion or outfits, except for non school occasions, so i would be interested in what kind of discussions take place about that and especially because i'm also going to anticipate that questions that really do affect policy that will and should be interesting and germane to our discussion should come up in those discussions and would be good for us to hear about them. >> commissioner wynns, commissioner norton, i think
you bring up good points here. part of our theory of action is to engage our site leaders, counsels, communities. obviously there are situations where as a matter of student safety there may be certain articlings that students shouldn't wear, but communities are best situated to have those conversations and we think they'll come to some agreement. i think the best way to characterize our a preach as going forward would be in more of a defined autonomy. there are certain standards that we want to make sure that everyone has in the district and within those standards, that there is some autonomy for communities to make their decisions, but given that this is a new change, we fully anticipate we will come back to the board at the beginning of the next school year and through a committee that we identify, make a report to the board. what has happened, have we made any major changes, what's the feeling temperature out there. >> commissioner haney.
>> yeah, i really appreciate that comment from the superintendent. i think that this is going to be an evolving conversation and part of why this is brought forward is because it's been a changing and evolving conversation in our schools. there have been a number of schools who have brought forward a process, included staff members, students, parents and decided to change their dress codes, as related to hats particularly. and we now have the majority of high schools who have moved in that direction by setting up inclusive processes. what this polg say is intended to do is reflect current practice to say that that's something we want to encourage, something we want to support in our schools, for them to have those conversations as school communities and not dictate as we have been doing, even though not everybody was following this policy, clearly, that there was a one size fits all approach to this.
i think what many schools were findsing -- and again, now, there's also a challenge with a difference across the schools and that's where i think there's going to need to be continued oversight and in the future we may as a board want to decide there are a little more consistency we want to create around certain standards, but at least when it came to hats and head gear, there was a growing recognition on the pard of our schools that there were many valid reasons for students to want to wear hats. some cultural, some religious, some personal. those voices were being brought to the table and processes set up by schools and they made their own decision that what was right for them to no longer prohibit hats. some schools actually felt they couldn't go through that process because there was a district wide prohibition. they told me directly that we might want to do this and have that conversation, but we can't because there's a district wide
rule around that, so that's why this is necessary, but also some clarity related to the religious piece, the outdoor piece and then ensuring that students aren't sent home for this. there's a lot of things we do in schools, but our educational purposes is clearly the most important piece of what we're here to do and i heard feedback from teachers that they want to enl kate students, talk with them about their homework and about whether they're learning, what's being delivered in class and not have to focus all of their time on minor rules that maybe are not the bes for that school community so it's also important to respect our staff and respect the realities that they face everyday and the pressures on their time. that's where it's coming from, but for the commissioners points around the challenges of consistency, i think that's something we need to continue to be aware of, but that with this particular question, the
folks who are in the best position to answer it are the people on the ground, our teachers, staff, students themselves and parents and principals to make the decision for what's right for them in their schools. >> commissioner maufus. >> thank you president fewer. i want to support what commissioner haney's comments were just now. for all those reasons, i really am supportive and will be supporting this hands down because i think there was an incredible amount of time wasted dealing with hats at school sites, whether it was the principal or students or teachers having to struggle around that and not focusing on education, which is why we are at a school site anyway. in regards to consistency, i think to get that ball rolling, i'd like to suggest superintendent, that this very simple conversation come to our
administrators institute. i think that's the first time that our administrators come back to school, they gather to be amongst each other to talk about what's new in the district, any main date that is have come down from the board you're giving them a his up about that. i think this is the perfect opportunity when they're gathered in one place to give them a heads up so -- and it is -- it would be wonderful for them to take this back to their school community. i hope you'll take that friendly suggestion.
commissioner haney for bringing this up because a lot of students at the school i go to would really like to address this problem and just extending a thank you. >> superintendent. >> so we want to thank everyone for the suggestions and there's going to be a lot of dialogue that's going to happen. i want to remind the parents out there that your voice is going to be very important, but also our students, your voice is going to be important as well. there's just a myriad of things we're going to be looking at. is it okay to cover your eyes while in school with a hat? there's a million little variations we're going to have to work through, but i will say i was not supported when i requested that we absolutely privilege the giants and 49ers over any other head gear at all
times, especially during the world series. >> i accept that amendment. >> i just want to thank commissioner haney also, but we certainly have had our share of questions and challenges around this. my kids both went to school and had uniforms so to -- that kind of shifted and the conversation we had around that was very interesting. i was talking to my son about this last night, 16-year-old sophomore in high school, he sends his thanks. >> i want to say about the consistency, the thing that concerned me about this resolution the most is that as students transfer from one high school to the next, that if we don't have consistent policy, they might be in violation of policies without knowing it, but i am reassured that [inaudible] as punishment for the violation [inaudible] which i think is long overdue, so i
think we're ready for vote. >> thank you. mr. logan. >> yes. >> mr. haney. >> yes. >> miss maufus. >> yes. >> miss mom mom. mendoza-mcdonnell. >> yes. >> mr. wynns. >> yes. >> miss fewer. >> seven is. >> thank you very much. request to speak regarding general matters. i have a few people on this list. if i mispronounce your name i apologize. i have adrian, susan sullivan, darcy, antonio, betty robertson, cassie. please come up to speak. you have two minutes each. thank you.
>> good evening commissioners, superintendent carranza. i'm susan solomon, executive vice president of united educators of san francisco. today was a very disappointing day in bargaining, in fact an insulting day. everyday our members work hard inclusive practices, yes, we'll do that. multitiered systems of support, of course. safe and supportive schools, yes, we want that. ap classes for all. a to g classes, yes. cla, iwa, smarter balance, sometimes in two languages, we do it. common core standards we're there too. we're there for school safety,
curriculum implementation for taking care of little kids and kids with special needs. they get kids on buses, address truancy. and for all that work and more that we do everyday, on what we were told was on your authority, we got an offer of a mere 2 percent raise for this year, 3 percent next year and 3 percent the year after that, with no reopeners, no help with rising family medical costs, 10 cents per hour for para longevity if they manage to stay for 15 years. and again, no reopeners so we can talk about it some more. this is so disrespectful for the work we do. imagine what our schools would like if in response to that disrespect there were no educators for a day. thank you.
>> two minutes please. please press the button. >> kathy, i was really insulted and disgusted by that email this afternoon that was cosigned. i want to remind everybody in this room that this is a school district. it would not exist without the schools. the purpose is to educate the students. in that sense, the priorities of this board should be to educate the children, followed by to support the educators of the children. the district in this district and the board have seriously lost their way. you need to have budget priorities that focus on the classroom. any money spent outside the classroom is misappropriated. the bloat in this building alone is sucking the life blood of this school district, sucking money away from our
children, it's the pet projects, the extraneous programs that are frankly prioritized by this board that are parasitic on the schools. we're funded to teach this district, but our schools are closing, our class sizes are high, our educators are leaving. imagine a district with no students or teachers. the governors today said there was more money coming to the schools. the school district should spend it in the schools, in the classrooms, prioritize what we do, pay the educators, pay the teachers. thank you. [applause] >> good evening, my name is darcy, i'm a first grade teacher at share dan elementary school.
i'm trained and constantly urged to meet the needs of my students and i try to do that everyday. takes about 12 hours a day to do it. i may be naive and foolish, but i look to you, the district, and expect that you will also take care of me, the para professionals at my site and the other educators there. today i had some of that faith and you shattered. you know how much money the employees have given back to this district to keep it going when times were bad. you know how much money will be coming to you because we all work for proposition 30. you heard today how much more money will come to the schools because the economy has been good and your negotiators with you authority offered me a 2 percent raise. and you think this is the promised taking care of our employees that we keep hearing about from the superintendent and the school board. i think it's time the stop playing around. my students in first grade know that playing
ing around time is for recess time. this is school time, we have serious work to do and there is a lesson to be learned and that has to do with prioritizing. teachers and parents gave the district $60 million over the past four yours. prop 30 will double your funds over the next few years. today the golf nor put 469 million into prop 98 guarantees. today you are wealthier than you have ever been and you offer me and my colleagues 2 percent. 2 percent into 6,000 teachers does not work. look instead at your priorities. what have you brought this year? 175 new tsas, a floor full of administrators, curriculum experts, if you can spend money on these things, you can spend
money on the people who do the work with the children who are your charges. s, if you can spend money on these things, you can spend money on the people who do the work with the children who are your charges. >> good morning, i'm on the bargaining team. i don't know if you realize this or not, but we live in the most expensive city in the nation. the cost of living here has gone up 15.2 percent. 15.2 percent and then a 2 percent raise. we have given millions back in concessions, we've asked for nothing all this time. we're asking for almost to get caught up to the cost of living. be real about it. seriously. thank you. [applause] >> i'm dennis kelly, as you know several of the people who just spoke to you don't usually
come and talk to you. they are members of our bargaining team who prefer to stay behind and not do that kind of work, but what came across the table today absolutely infuriated people and i cannot convey to you how deeply people felt hurt. we expect there to be some sort of partnership. when we tell you this is a very important year for raising the respect for para professionals, and you offer one dime per hour after 15 years, we know you're not serious. when you say that you do it [inaudible] we are a little stunned because these are not the kind of things the members of the board of education say to us. when your negotiators tell us that there are 179 members of our members deserve a 7 percent
raise, but nobody else, what in the hell do your negotiators doing telling us what kind of a raise. do we go into your negotiators should make how much money and why? we may have good thoughts about that and good evidence about it, but we don't go and do that kind of thing to you. today's experience at the board across the table was absolutely insulting, frustrating and it made people angry. and you know when people are angry, they want to lash out and do things. we are trying to live within the constraints of the collective bargaining process. as lock as as long as it is not important to you, it will become less important to us. please consider your priorities and how you want it to go forward. thank you.
>> hi, i'm a very strong supporter of public education. not only am i a parent of two children in sfusd for 12 years, i am also a teaching artist and teaches on grants and the sfusd public middle and high schools. i'm very concerned that the district is going to lose many families. i am coming to you as an elementary parent whose child in two rounds did not receive their feeder school so i'm very concerned about the feed r system. 65 of our kids are feeding, 12 are left out, 6 of those didn't put our feeder on their list, 6 of us had first choice and still our assignment is visitation valley. there's a safety issue with that. it has no nothing to do with
the teachers, the wonderful administration at the school, but i it would take my child an hour and 17 minutes to get there. i know how the system is working. the feeder system is supposed to work . it's not working. six of our families have given up completely and left the system. we scramble to put money together so our kids will be safe if people are leaving the system. it's not -- it's a district wide problem. the qeia grants were extended another year, which is great, however, as you know that limits the class size to somewhere between 18 and 22 at those schools. denman can't take all those feeders. aptos couldn't -- their site
counsel is trying to reduce class size right now, hoover and ap couldn't take them to begin with. there are not enough allocations, please consider reallocating in the district for the good of keeping families that support your schools. thank you. [applause] >> the next group of speakers. two minutes each, please. >> good evening, board. i represent the families of the
american indian education and what we're here to say tonight is thank you. we finally got a place that we can call home, sanchez school. and the last time we came here in november we were pleading with the board to hear what our needs were to establish the needs for our students and also for the educators so that they can learn about the native americans and the many things. i was thinking tonight about sanchez school and there's something very special about it. it's on [inaudible] land and, you know, we're planning to have this saturday, and everybody's welcome to attend, our wisdom moving forward event where we recognize the students in our community for their efforts and we also going to
have blessing ceremony at -- once we get established, our furniture and everything. we'd want everybody to come there and to join, but we especially wanted to say thank you tonight. you made it a priority, you kept your word and we can't thank you enough. thank you. [applause] >> next speaker, please. >> thank you. good evening. my name's ika, i'm currently ly enrolled at lola high school and i'm the student representative for the thank the board members for taking the time to recognize our needs. also, thank you for supporting who we are and our goal to not only educate our students, but to also educate the teachers of
>> i think i speak for the board. thank you so much. this is fabulous. this is actually, like, so cool. thank you so much. this has never happened here. we're silent here which is really unusual, so thank you so much. that's great. thank you so much. i'm glad that it all worked out. thank you to staff that made it
happen. [applause] >> next speaker please >> good evening commissioners and superintendents. i'm the president of the social justice community at rooftop k 8. we plan campaigns and events we feel will help our school community. this year we got the opportunity to apply for a grant and we took it. we designed a campaign, submitted an application and got the grant. the problem we identified for our grant was the lack of women's programs. for the past few months we've done lots of research and planning around the lack of wellness program the school district funds. after getting all this information we decided to put it all together and this is what we got. we are very excited to present it to you.
>> hello commissioners, my name is cindy and i attend rooftop middle school. when i said rooftop what did you think of? if you think our students are rich white kids from the valley, you're way off. rooftop has an extremely diverse population. i myself am filipino, but at any given time i could be work wg one of my classmates who is russian or indian or african american. there are also special needs students mixed in with those part of the gate program. through my experiences with rooftop and my family, i think rooftop is a direct reflection of san francisco. [applause] >> good evening commissioners and superintendent, my name is ala and i'm a member of rooftop middle school social justice committee. next year we will fund a full-time social worker, but k 8 schools are not included.
rooftop only receives halftime social worker, which our school funds full-time. our social worker works at the elementary campus only. we still are the same needs for the these positions as other schools, but seem to not receive funding for them. we rely heavily on [inaudible] as a middle schooler it really helps to get help if your personal or home life is affecting your school life. the district is cutting 2/3 of our current support but adding support to other schools. we started to realize the fundsing gap. at rooftop i've [inaudible] of seeing a friend go through a hard time and not being able to do much about it.
also knowing at other schools they have the proper su porlt makes it much worse. people assume that rooftop is a high performing school on average, so we have everything we need, in actually just because the district does not consider us high needs school, does that not mean we need at least some of the support other schools receive? [applause] >> my name's i'm worried about drugs and alcohol at my school. peer pressure and wanting to look cool is the reason kids might want to try drugs. we need a full-time social worker to guide our kids to make better choices. we need the same services. [applause] >> good eveninging commissioners and superintendent, i'm gem ma and i filled out one of