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hasn't been passed. during these years aroc gained allies who supported youth. and await the day the m.o.u. is passed. we look forward to you vote in favor of the m.o.u. and us to put our attention back to doing our work. we're excited to have aroc back in our schools to further celebrate and preserve arab culture in these difficult times. thank you to aroc leaders and all partner organizations for having our back over the years. thank you board of ed for giving us the attention we deserve. >> my name is julie. i'm a parent at redding and here with other parents and teachers and representing folks from parents from redding who were not able to come out, many fasting for ramadan. i didn't just find out about aroc yesterday, i've known them
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for years, because as a parent of a child to speaks vietnamese, i'm been excited about the fact that they were -- i've seen how important it is to have strong community partners. through the survey process, there was a couple of times there was not a community partner, or there was a community partner, but not quite the right and the survey was a handful. when aroc or oka partnered with the district to get input, there were hundreds of responses. i want to speak on behalf of folks who would like to see the arab language program at redding successful. i think it's key to have a strong partner and aroc has been that partner over many years. i have not seen them bring up hate speech. i have seen them advocate for our students here in the
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district and i encourage the district to approve their m.o.u., thank you. >> my name is robert. i'm also a 30 year veteran teacher at mission high school. and last week, or two weeks ago, our principal sent a statement in support of aroc and i'm personally offended that each time i go up here, i have to say that i'm jewish in order to establish credibility around this issue. people all over the world are opposed to some of the things that israel is doing. just look at what happened in gaza recently. look at the massacre of palestinians. just like around south africa, where apartheid was condemned widely around the world, but not here. the same thing has happened with israeli policies. and you can be jewish, you can be a human right advocate, you can be a progressive and you can take a stand against zionism.
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i've come up here four or five times and said all the great work they do in the schools. i've seen them get my students into college. i've seen them take arab students who are floundering and put them on the right path. i've seen kids who are struggling for their identity, support and sustenance, get support from aroc. [bell ringing] the people that are bringing the politics in and the hate, the hate i heard in this room, just came from the jcrc, toward aroc. and i think it's about time. we want to keep coming back here every single week. it's about time to let them do their work in the schools with our students and let our students flourish with their guidance and help. >> thank you. that's all the time we have on this item. >> we waited three years, you guys will be fine. >> we're going to vote.
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>> one more youth. >> i'll let the youth go. >> being a part of -- i'm a freshman in high school and being arab youth in sfusd is more important than what they have to say. because this affects me more than them. i've always needed aroc and i feel like it can help other arab youth and i think you're doing the wrong thing if you don't pass this. we've waited three years. >> so, going on any items withdrawn or corrected by the superintendent? >> yes, mr. steel will now talk. >> change ending date of service
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from 6-6-2017 to 6-6-2018. >> any items removed for first reading for the board? seeing none, any for discussion and vote tonight? seeing none. what's that? sorry. roll call on the consent calendar. >> thank you. ms. min? mr. ong? yes. mr. haney yes. ms. norton. yes, except no on number 11, the first item. >> the first m.o.u. under 11, thank you very much. mr. sanchez? >> yes. >> mr. calton? >> yes and on consent agenda item 12, m.o.u. 9 and 10, with regard to the m.o.u. between
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district and young developer i want to disclose i'm the director and will recuse myself on the vote of these m.o.u.s to avoid clils. >> thank you. conflict of interest. thank you. ms. mendoza-mcdonnell. >> yes. >> thank you very much, that's consent. section d is -- [cheers and applause] thank you. we had no item severed so section e is proposals for action. we have several board policies for adoption. if i hear no objection from the board, i'd like to take one vote on all of them? seeing no objection, word policy
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1312.3, universal complaint procedure, board policy hazardous substances, board policy 5111 admissions and bored policy 5117, district attendance. 5111.1, district residency was removed from the item and returned to the rules committee for additional discussion and staff report. board policy 5113.1, chronic absence and truesy. and 5112, district attendance review board. we moved and seconded this at a prior board meeting. superintendent? >> this evening, we're asking that the board approve all of the policies with a vote. >> thank you. i have one public speaker on
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this item, josh davidson. >> hi there. as of two weeks ago, finally have the title of chef, which i've been trying to get for nine years now. so thank you to all the folks that made that possible. so, i'm speaking on item 3514, there is a decimal i don't remember -- .1, thank you. represents the material workers, called asbestos workers. and we used to have 15 of these folks doing safety training, remediation and materials management. we now have three people and two of them are imminently slated for retirement. so in the latest round of discussions about funding allocation, we've presented a proposal to your leadership to develop a training program,
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because we find that the very specialized needs of the school district make it hard to hire from outside for this kind of work. so when you confer with leadership about implementing this board policy, we hope you mention to them it's important we have advocate staff. we have 141 facilities and one person cannot possibly do all that work. thanks. >> good, thank you very much, josh and congratulations on your new title. any comments by the board? ok. seeing none, roll call vote. ms. min? yes. mr. ong? >> yes. mr. cook? yes. mr. haney? dr. murase? and ms. mendoza-mcdonnell? yes. >> we have another resolution,
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resolution number support so far a formal process of remaining. commissioners sanchez, cook and haney, could i get a report of the meeting from may 15. vice president cook? >> mr. cook: during the committee of the whole meeting, we had -- we asked questions about the process of the resolution and gave staff suggestion on how to go about creating the committee, potential members, that could support it. and encouraging not to hire consultants to oversee the process. we trust the doctor's leadership to find the right person. >> thank you. can we get a reading by commissioner sanchez, cook and haney? >> in support of a formal
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process in the renaming of san francisco unified district schools, they've been enduring pride to the residents of city and county of san francisco and where families are invested and dedicated to the schools which they attend, work at or send their children, as well as to all schools at large making our network an integral part of the social fabric and making our big city more accessible and embracing of our diverse community. and the renaming of the schools is the result of school communities petitioning the sf board of education, citing to have them accurately reflect our values, and add voice to those in the community who have been underserved, and the focus of concerted efforts to deny life,
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liberty and the pursuit of happiness. where efforts to rename schools for the intentions above, have understandably won counter opposition for a host of reasons, not least of them the attachment of a school name to a beloved institutional and because the name of the school is related to the cultural identity of current and former students. and whereas within at least the last three decades, sfusd with the advocacy and support of the community renamed a long list of schools. i won't do all of them here. but rosa parks was renamed. caesar chavez. harvey milk. willie brown. phillip burton.
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june jordan. to name a few. whereas of note, illustrative of the need to reflect upon the appropriateness of those who have been honored with the school in their names. san francisco elementary school attended predominantly any african-american students was renamed in 1994 due to a compelling, sustained effort by the african-american school community and its allies who called to attention that drake was a slave trader. and historical past and the appropriateness of cultural icons that is being debated across the country, notably the confederate flag and the statues and names revered in public schools and many communities are blazing a path toward an approach of addressing historic wrongs.
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the city of new orleans removed the robert e. lee and other confederate statues in may of 2017. san francisco removed a monument that shows a native american man sitting at the feet of a mexican monk. >> therefore, be it resolved that the san francisco board of education finds it necessary to engage the community in public school names, relevance and appropriateness of names of historical figures who oppressed women, inhibited societal progress or whose actions led to genocide or who otherwise significantly diminished the opportunities of those among us to the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. said process shall be led by a blue ribbon panel who shall be
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put by the superintendent of schools, no later than the 2018-19 school year. be it further resolved that the panel shall offer findings and recommendations to the san francisco board of education regarding the renaming of sfusd schools. at which time the advising panel shall be dissolved. school communities interested in undergoing process of changing a school name unrelated to the reasons referenced in this resolution, reference -- >> we have several speakers to signed up for this. when i call your name, please come up to the podium. sheila. robert. paloma.
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or michele. melanie. jacqueline. >> good evening, board membership. my name is paloma flores, i direct your indian education program here in the district. i'm happy to be here. i'm speaking tonight in support of the resolution to rename schools simply on the basis that it's about time. our city is being the city that creates change rippling through this nation, has an opportunity to critically look at and examine the spaces that we learn from, our children, our teachers, learn from. and how those spaces by the name
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it has so much more to say about the culture of the schools. and this year, in time, in 2018, we collectively have a responsibility to represent our city, our district and our schools in the best way to ensure safety, to ensure strength. to ensure all children in those schools have a sense of belonging. so again, i'm speaking tonight in support of creating a policy to critically look at the schools as the board member had mentioned, that have been named by individuals whose choices in their life are not the most positive. and those effects are still impacting children who go
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through those schools. as a california indian, first nations, i am happy to be part of the school district that looks critically at how we're representing our city. beautiful city that is san francisco. thank you. >> good evening, i'm the alumni representative for the indian, i graduated from high school in 2016. i'm here to encourage the board to pass this resolution in support of the process of renaming schools. i wasn't through san francisco unified school district. i'm in my second year of college now. i think this is a phenomenal opportunity for the school district to really support students in their education.
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i don't think people often realize how much the names of these places affect these students. but as paloma said, colonization is still affecting us today and renaming these schools would be a big step in supporting these students in the future. i really, really want to encourage the board to support this resolution. thank you. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen, of the board. i'm speaking on behalf of our native community. sorry, i'm emotional. some of the names of these schools, they impact our native people in a negative way. and i feel that we should make a change and step in the right direction to rename some of the schools. also, with the mural at
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washington high school, i'm speaking as -- i'm so nervous, oh, my gosh -- i'm speaking as a person in our native community, when we see these things, it traumatizes us a little bit more. we have -- oh, gosh, i can't think -- it traumatizes us in a way that was done a long time ago, so it's happening all over again when we see these things. i feel strongly we should make a change so that children who come to the schools will learn in a good way, about positive role models instead of the ones that impacted our lives in a way back in the early 1800s when they had these -- when they had these things that go through
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california. i am a california native. when i seen the statue that had the -- had the -- i'm sorry, it's really rough. when i seen that statue of the native that was stood over by the padre and the settler, it was traumatizing. i didn't know that statue was here and it really upset me. i think we should make a change to change the names of the schools and the murals and the statues. thank you. >> hello, my name is robert martin, i'm member of the cherokee nation of oklahoma. i want to encourage the school board to abandon the racist images toward native people. it's upsetting and traumatizing and derogatory to have this image portrayed on a daily basis
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that our native youth is faced with every day. this would be no worse than if a person of adolph hitler was placed in a jewish community, would be a constant reminder of the genocidal policies of this country. and the board would have a chance to make a positive change and ching things for the better for -- change things for the better for generations to come. thank you. >> good evening, commissioners, my name is michele. i'm a parent and community leader. i want to thank you, commissioners, who brought this up to create a resolution. i'm in support of this. i feel it's so important for our youth to feel good about where they go to get their education. it should reflect more of what our communities are about, what our students are about, and they
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shouldn't have to go to school and have this internal battle about where they're at, where their learning is taking place and what so-called leader their school is named after. i appreciate you taking the time to look at this and i ask that you involve community representatives to be part of this discussion. so we can look at the names and again, just empower our students the best we can. from the name of their school to everything else that is inside of that school, that building they spent most of their day in. i just am here in support of that. and really feel it is important. i know there is a lot of things we need to work on in our schools, but this is an important issue. and it is important for our youth to feel good and empowered where they go and where they get their learning from and i appreciate the board of ed and the school district in bringing this issue up. and taking the time to look it
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over and i 100% support this. thank you. >> thank you very much. public comment is closed. any comments from the board or the superintendent? >> so, based on my view of this resolution, the ssc would be very interested to see the results of the blue ribbon panel when they come back. i hope we can get the students involved if renaming is going to take place and students should be involved in anything that affects their school at this level and students would be happy to be part of the renaming as well. >> thank you.
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commissioner haney. >> mr. haney: i want to thank commissioner cook and sanchez for your leadership in this. i think this can be understandably a very challenging issue and one that certainly sparks very strong opinions and a lot of passion. and i think it's a testament to the way you all wrote this resolution, that there hasn't been a huge amount of backlash to this. people understand that we have to think about this in a very intentional systematic thoughtful way. and i think that's what we laid out here with this resolution. i had the opportunity to go to last week, the celebration for 50 years of ethnic studies. and you know, at that event, we talked a lot about how important it is to have all of our communities reflected in our schools. and that's how we actually
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represent the truth. of our past, present and future. we've done so much work in our school district to make sure we're telling the truth and reflecting our diversity in our curriculum and i think it would be a shame if we kept out of that conversation the names that are on our buildings. we're celebrating, we're elevating people with our school names, we're remembering them, and it's critical that we do that in a way that reflects our history in a full way. we have tremendous diversity in san francisco. we have tremendous diversity in our schools, it's just a fact that is not reflected in our school names. we focused on some offense the ones in the resolution. i did a little bit of research. we have just four schools that have names that are connected to the chinese community in our district out of 137. and just two that are connected to the latino community.
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and those are our two biggest school demographics. we have a problem we need to solve. we should be reflecting diversity, heroes, lgbtq, women, this is not about erasing history, this is about telling the truth and making sure all of our kids see themselves in our schools. last thing i want to say, we have made a commitment to safe school environments, where students can walk in, we want you to feel valued, seen. the fact that we still have names and murals that we know are doing the exact opposite of that, for entire school communities, i think is a huge problem. and if we are only willing to listen to the people who are concerned that they're going to be losing an attachment to a name, which is important, and we'll hear that, but not willing to listen to the people who are the young people, the children,
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the families who are offended every day, when they walk into our school doors, i think that's a huge mistake and it's betraying the commitment we put up to social justice and to safe and supportive school environments. this is the right way to do it. i hope the commission can do this and put forward not just some important schools to think about, but a process. we're not going to rename 50 schools overnight or anything like that. we need to make sure we do this in a very thoughtful way, because ten years from now, we're going to want to be able to say, we made real progress. just as we have with ethnic studies in making sure our communities, heroes and diversity and our support i've commitment are reflected on the school names.
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>> president walton: i want to thank commissioner sanchez and commissioner cook for bringing this forward. we've had conversations about the right way to do this and having a process in place for renaming schools or facilities. things that are offensive in our schools is very important. we also understand this may be controversial, but doing the right thing sometimes brings about controversy, so we're more concerned about getting this right and doing something that is going to lead to a future where our young folks understand how supportive their school district of their culture and of how we also, our understanding of the things that happened in the past that may affect people for generations and even centuries to come. so i want to thank our commissioners for that. this process is going to
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definitely bring some good conversation. probably some deep conversation. but again, to do the right thing sometimes, it takes controversy to make that happen. fully supportive of this resolution and looking forward to the education that comes along with it as we move forward. thank you. >> dr. murase: thank you, i wanted to recognize ms. flores and the people who came forward from the first nations to really speak about the resolution. really appreciate your engagement with the process. i want to thank the authors for bring this forward. i want to thank commissioner haney who took a lot of beating when he first proposed rethinking of some of the high school names. i think this is very good way to proceed. i also want to acknowledge reverend amos brown, who from
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his hospital bed when he was ill, urged the school board to rename corbett school, because he was a governor of california who when he was a politician in oregon called for the extermination of native americans. the legal beating of african-american, horrible stuff. became governor of california and we had a school named after him. there was a lot of awareness raising in bringing the community along and explaining why it's important to rid the school of that name and instead, honor the first african-american principal in sfusd, which is really in keeping with restorative practices and the values of the district. and finally, i think we stand
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for critical thinking, we encourage critical thinking every day in our schools, so it's important for us to take a look at time-honored conditions and look at them critically. but i do recognize there will be resistance. there may be a lot of resistance to change. people have adopted these names. they have lots of clothing and other things that reflect some of these names, but i'm hopeful in the process that is laid out in the resolution, that we will again use it as an opportunity to educate, raise awareness, bring people along to understand where why it is so hurtful, why the change is so important. so again, i want to acknowledge the authors. thank you. >> thank you. rachel? >> ms. norton: i think this is a really good approach to trying to start this discussion. and i'm pleased to support it.
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i'm curious if we've done any thinking and maybe we haven't, about how we would set up the blue ribbon commission that would be appointed and kind of what parameters they would have? have you done any thinking about that, or waiting for us to vote on it? >> i'm thinking about it. we talked about this at the meeting and we have examples in place of where they have done this. we don't want to recreate the wheel if we don't have to. so there are opportunities out there to take the best of what they've done to put the commission together. >> thank you, my apologies commissioner norton, i meant to say commissioner norton, not rachel. >> ms. min: i would like to say it's important that our students
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feel safe and supported in our schools, so i would like to ask if sfusd delegates could coauthor the resolution, because we find it's important for us as well. >> vice president cook. >> mr. cook: i want to thank my coauthor commissioner sanchez and hail leadership. i knew that he took a lot of heat for that. but at its core, when you really stand for the social justice, that kind of comes with what you believe. and so partnering with commissioner sanchez to put this together and thinking about how to engage the community around the history we have to
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reconcile, we all came to this place in different ways. and i think the type of backlash that we've seen thus far is a result that people are trying to hold onto lift that isn't inclusive or welcoming to everybody. having a heritage in this country that connects back to slavery and looking at the constitution and seeing that my people were 3-5th human and now to be elected member in the city like san francisco, speaks to some progress we've had as a country. and we have to continue to reconcile a history of people that were committed grave harms to humanity. and so, what is in a name? what does it mean for a city that proclaims to be progressive to carry names of people who committed mass murder? or who didn't believe in the full humanity of their fellows?
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i think this is long overdue and i really appreciate the comments of people that at public comment, because -- i apologize, it took us this long to get to this point. i hope that people that have also had criticisms about us doing this when we also have an achievement gap to reconcile, what i would say to you around that is that part of changing the narrative around what it means to be in school is building a place where people want to be there. and all those things need to happen in tandem. we'll continue to do that. we hired a superintendent we will hold accountable to address that. we're partners with him and will be partners with all of you as we consider how to go about changing the names of some of our schools. i will finally note that maya angelou was a graduate of one of our public schools.
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i think she needs a school in san francisco. [cheers and applause] not to front load the work of the committee. also, james baldwin did incredible work through a documentary called the hammer, where he spoke to kids at lincoln high school, and if you haven't seen it, it's on youtube. it's about the african-american students at lincoln, asking them one day if they could be president. i encourage you to watch it and hear his response to them. which was to paraphrase, it's not whether or not you can be it, but if you believe you can, you believe what they've told you about yourself. so you've already lost. so with this resolution, as we consider renaming schools, i want us to tell something
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powerful to the students that continue to be marginalized in our community. we take one step forward in that direction if my colleagues support this and we pass it. thank you. >> thank you. commissioner sanchez. >> mr. sanchez: thank you, president. so, it is a long time in coming. and i apologize as well, this was never taken up on my first two terms in the board, 2001 to 2009. sometimes status quo gets in the way of progressive and that is one of those cases. i think commissioner haney was brave and bold, tweeting at the time, that we ought to look at the names of the schools and engage community in the process to perhaps rename some of the schools that we have that are named after folks that enslaved people and others that created long-term humanity -- damage to our humanity.
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thank you to commissioner haney for that. that's the impetus for this in many ways. also what is happening across the country. we've seen white supremacy condoned by the president, and that has led to a lot of resistance throughout the country and to a call for not just renaming institutions, but also taking down statues across the south to ensure that history isn't put in the face of the people who have been harmed by that history and the misdeeds by those in the past. this resolution was also inspired by the work done by the pa paloalitio unified school. they have two middle schools that were named after proponents of american eugenics and a 7th
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grader did research and surfaced this information. i guess they didn't know. and so the school board impanelled a commission that took its time and was deliberate like we're proposing here, and intentional in the process to research the issue and come up with recommendations to the board of education for renaming the schools. part of the eugenics movement and the work the two men did, led to the sterilization of latinos at the turn of the century. their names were graced on the schools until the school board engaged the community, including the students at the schools, to make those changes. so moving forward, again, i expected this panel, which the superintendent will establish -- does deliberate, slow,
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intentional work to engage our communities to make sure we surface names that merit more conversation. to have that conversation and then look toward names that are better fits for the schools with the communities' input as well. i'm thankful, it looks like the board will pass the resolution. i want to thank vice president cook and commissioner haney for adding his name. i appreciate the first nations folks for being here and speaking to the resolution. your voices need to be heard throughout the process as well as other communities that have been so harmed over the history in the united states and in california and san francisco. thank you. >> thank you. so i also want to thank all the coauthors on this. i think this is a really important discussion for us to have and for someone who attended george washington high school and never thought about it in that way, i think it's really important for our young people to recognize where they're attending and who it
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represents. and i think about the other schools that my children attended, fairmont, james lake and lowell and there are some really interesting pieces of history that i think need to be discussed. and we want to have positive images for our young people. and what better way than to have it every single day that they're attending a school that holds the name of somebody who we can honor and who was positive. so, i, too, am grateful for all the work that was done on it, for the later that were taken, for the continued work we'll do on this, this blue ribbon panel will allow us to be methodical about how we look at the schools in general and not just randomly pick schools, because there are communities that have said we should or shouldn't. i would guess we would like to have all of our names on this, just to recognize the support
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that we'd like to provide to the resolution. so if you could add everyone, including our students and if we could -- seeing no further comments or questions, roll call, please. >> min yes. ong yes. cook, yes. haney yes. norton yes. walton yes. mendoza-mcdonnell yes. >> seven ayes. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] thank you for all that attended and spoke. so our next item is section f, public comment on general matters. i have several speakers. so if i call your name please come up. margaret, karen, marianne
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kramer, steve, richard, carole, james cunningham, valerie, francisco, casey, chris, and lawrence. could i also just remind everyone that public comment is an opportunity for the board to hear from the community on matters within the board's jurisdiction. we ask that you refrain from using employee and student names. if you have a claim, you may submit it to the supervisor.
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our first speaker, please state your name. you have two minutes. >> thank you to the san francisco school board and the doctor for the opportunity to speak tonight. i'm a teacher here in san francisco unified, my employee number 18505. i'm here to request the superintendent and president honor article 39.6.8 in the contract that simply states the program should be reviewed annually. i put in a public records request to review the annual report and on february 12, 2018, the legal department stated to me that the district does not have documents responsive to my request. earlier that month on february
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5, 2018, the president sent me an e-mail that stated that since she has been president, there has been no annual review of par. given that it's almost a $1 million a year from prop a, an annual review seems reasonable. i respect that the sfusd act in accordance and review par and publish all results. i request that they publish a response to the december 26, 2017 whistleblower letter received by the board and the superintendent and the union, stating that par is discriminatory. i request that you publish a report about the million dollars a year that par syphons from the parcel tax. i request that you publish a report about the 15-year abuse
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about article 39.3.7 and.8. those two articles state that all par coaches must going back to the classroom and they cannot use it as a way to build their career. and get into district management or district supervisory roles. i request that you publish a report regarding proposition a. i respectfully request that sfusd publish a report -- [bell ringing] -- and i also request that sfusd publish a report regarding the alleged violations of 5.7 nondiscrimination. thank you for your time. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hi, my name is marianne kramer, i'm a teacher.
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and i'm here to talk about a situation at our school that i wanted to bring to your attention. basically to give you a quick brief outline of our school, as it has been. i've been there for 24 years. we're located in pore tella neighborhood, we're the second largest elementary school in the city. we once were the largest, but the program had to be phased out due to lack of space. we're highly diverse student body, free lunch for students and have many programs that have been at our schools for many years. spanish literacy, to chinese literacy. special ed, et cetera. we have been a calm, safe caring
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school where staff and students felt safe. we had a professional working environment, highly requested school by parents and teachers. and we received over the years national blue ribbon school award, the california school recognition, distinguished school program award, the title one academic achievement award from the california department of education. and we six years ago -- that's the background of the school. six years ago, after having three principals probably over a period of 30 years, stabilize our school, and having strong leadership and all of these parent involvement and staff, we
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had -- we have had four administrators, bilingual pathway created and then a second program put into the school. >> thank you. >> good evening, board members, i'm karen lee. i'm going finish up what my colleague is saying. so, our school right now is in a very chaos way. i just feel that it's very -- everything is falling apart. we've outlined how great our school is and now everything is just falling apart.
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because -- because the program wasn't implemented the way -- the way it was implemented was the teachers weren't informed and it just, everything collapsed onto us. and so now with principals who are inexperienced and new, we're trying very hard. we embrace change. we embrace a lot of programs and really try to work with the students at the soar program. even just recently, the director of the special ed said that the program isn't working. so they're phasing it out. but we just heard news last week that they are going to put in two new programs, up to six
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classes. k-2 and 3-5 with 12 students each max. so, we are here just to kindly ask for your compassion to just give us a break. we are just trying to -- the students at the soar -- [bell ringing] -- will continue to be there, we just want them to graduate first and have time for our students in the general ed program to service those kids, so i'm speaking on behalf of those students in the general public. >> thank you. >> they also need services, too. thank you for your time. >> next speaker. good evening. my name is carole tatum.
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ive lived in san francisco since 1955. i am a member of the providence baptist church. and i am a community volunteer and advocate. mr. walton, i know him, so i hope it won't be disrespectful, but i'm here out of a grave concern. i have a 5-year-old great granddaughter who is in kindergarten and who has been traumatized. she is in a classroom that is a nightmare. i have gone there as a volunteer and when i leave and go home, i am exhausted and i believe that every kid in that class is. the classroom, of two classes, one in the front and one in the
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back. please stand by.
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>> -- the boys are allowed to taunt the girls, to insult them, as i said, call them names. they are encouraged to fight between the older girls and the younger girls. >> miss tate, your time is up. >> all right. that i can hear from somebody regarding some of this? >> we'll have somebody from lead speak to you. >> miss tatum, i'm sorry, did you hear the superintendent? he said he's going to have somebody from his staff speak to you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> yeah, steve seltzer, of changes education now. you also voted to bust up the malcolm x academy which is an
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african american school and bring in k.i.p., run by a racist john fisher who owns the gap foundation in san francisco. that's going to disturb the students at that school, but obviously, you don't care goabt that. i would say let's focus on defending the students and the teachers. this whole thing about the p.a.r. program, it's a reaction program used to bully teachers. and also, i think allegedly used to get rid of teachers who are in opposition to the union leadership. so you have managers here in the school district to use this politically, this p.a.r. program, not only to get rid of seen i can't remember teachers, african american teachers and latino teachers, but also using it politically to get rid of op ponents of the union leadership. this p.a.r. program is not unique because in school district's all over california,
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it's being used more and more bure bureaucratically over and over. one more thing about the parcel tax, they're going to pay the same thing as a homeowner in homeowner in prop g. we should be taxing the billionaires and wealthy in san francisco. they should be paying for education in san francisco, health care and transportation. i protest the fact that the union, while they say they're against charter schools are actually supporting the ballot pop significance g which is going to give tax money to these schools in san francisco. that's really what's going on with proposition g. it's not unique. it's going on in other school districts in california. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good evening, one and all.
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my name is richard ellig. i am a proud retired teacher and also a hard working parent. last night, i attended an arts education town hall at burton high school. i came away from the event with two major realizations. first of all, i released that -- [inaudible] >> -- in the summer of 2023, five years from now. just as importantly, i realized that in the interim time and in the future beyond, arts education, especially in the elementary schools needs to be strengthened and constantly reinrigorated. i have a strong conviction especially during this time of staffing shortages, we need our most talented educators of all
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disciplines working directly with students in the classroom. ideally we need arts instructors in all our elementary schools. the quality of arts education is woefully superficial and under emphasized in many elementary schools. to truly 'em bed arts into curriculum, each arts educators would work to implement and of the ommize an art curriculum for this will schools -- and optimize an art curriculum for schools. they are not exclusive of each other, and deserve equal attention and resources. and i know i've heard the board say for years how committed we
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are to arts education being a big part of our curriculum. >> good evening. my name's casey pathmore, and i'm a teacher on special assignment. but i actually run a school. i run an outdoor school. it's called the sfusd environmental science center at fort funston. we have over an 8,000 square foot classroom, hundreds of acres in our outdoor classroom. we serve over 1300 students a year, mostly from title s schools, and the ese has been around for 40 years serving our district. we've always had a teacher on special assignment running the district -- running the program, sorry, along with classified naturalists. suddenly, within the last few weeks, curriculum instruction