Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Board of Education meets on Tuesday

Regular meeting of the Board of Education: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:00PM

Agenda for the meeting here.

Click on the image to view information about the Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee on the SFUSD web page

Click on the image to view information about the Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee on the SFUSD web page

The SFUSD Board of Education will meet on Tuesday December 11, 2018.

Action Items

  • The Board will vote of the resolution “Developing a Community Based Student Assignment System for SFUSD” introduced by Commissioners Matt Haney, Stevon Cook, and Rachel Norton at the September 26, 2018 Board of Education Meeting. Commissioner Mark Sanchez has been added as a co-sponsor.

    • The resolution has been amended significantly since it was introduced. It no longer would necessarily end the “ALL lottery” assignment system but would instead “model and present different options for elementary schools [such as (1) an initial or “home” based assignment with choice of citywide or specialized options, (2) individualized choice based on a family’s home address, or (3) a zone based assignment within which they will have guaranteed access to a set of schools], indicating how well each model meets the Board’s goals for student assignment”;

    • The presentation on this proposal from last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting is here

    • You can view the revised resolution here (changes shown)

    • At the Committee of the Whole, the six board commissioners in attendance gave the resolution as amended a positive recommendation. Commissioner Matt Haney (one of the sponsors of the resolution) was not in attendance at the Committee of the Whole meeting and did not vote.

  • The board will also vote on a resolution to rename the current “Nourse Auditorium” after Sydney Goldstein, the founder of City Arts & Lectures, which has been hosted at that location since 2012. The resolution is here.

  • Another naming resolution brought by the Superintendent would name the library at Dr. George Washington Carver Academic Elementary School after Ms. Louise C. Jones, a 17 year principal at Carver who invested thousands of dollars to develop the multimedia library at that school. The resolution which includes more details about Mrs. Jones’ legacy is here

  • There are several new and updated policies up for a vote tonight as well. The policies include:

    • An update to the policy on school records, aligning with state laws and the SFUSD resolution regarding protection of undocumented students. Policy is here.

    • A policy on high school “open campus” policies clarifying that schools may adopt such a policy, and must communicate the policy to families, including any criteria for eligibility. Policy here.

    • Policies on staff catastrophic leave, board meeting schedule and noticing, and before and after-school program requirements.

    • Amendment to Superintendent Mathews employment contract

    • Approval of SFUSD and San Francisco County Office Balanced Scorecard

Informational Items

  • Certificates of commendation will be given to Brian Boitano for the Brian Boitano Youth Skate Program as well as Northern California Special Olympics and SFUSD Physical Education Department

  • The Student Advisory Council, Parent Advisory Council, and Title VII Indian Education Parent Advisory Council will give reports to the board.

  • Report of collection and expenditure of developer fees by SFUSD

  • Report from the African American Achievement and Leadership initiative (AAALI)

  • Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF). This is presumably about the unexpected funds the City received as a result excess revenue in a county education fund. There is a discussion of how approximately $181 million of these funds might be used. Read more here.

Public Comment

There is always an opportunity for public comment at school board meetings.

At regular meetings, speakers may speak to any item being voted on or may give general public comment during the time reserved for "Public Comment on General Matters." Speakers must sign up in advance, either by calling the board office at (415) 241-6493 or filling out a speaker card at the meeting and handing it to Esther Casco, the executive assistant to the board, who sits next to the podium. Speaker cards must be turned in before the agenda item being spoken to is officially "called."

At committee meetings, those wishing to speak may sign up in advance or simply approach the podium when the committee chair calls for public comment.

Members of the public are typically allowed two minutes to speak, but the time given may be shorter if there are a large number of speakers.

Recording and Live Coverage of Meetings

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You can access recordings of regular and committee meetings.

Video recordings of regular meetings (not available for committee meetings)

Audio recordings of committee meetings (click where it says "audio recording," under the meeting agenda)

Recordings are usually posted a few days after the meeting.

Regular board meetings are also broadcast live on KALWSFGOVTV2, and via live webcast.