Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

3 Meetings this week!

Augmented Buildings, Grounds, and Services Committee: Monday 6/24

  • Discussion on the design of a Mission Bay Campus was held

    • Presentation for the project can be found here.

    • More information on the project can be found here.

Current and previous schedule of Mission Bay Project Source: SFUSD

Current and previous schedule of Mission Bay Project Source: SFUSD

Source: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle

Source: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle

Final Regular Board Meeting of the year: Tuesday 6/25 at 6:00 pm

Opening Items:

  • Final RAVE awards of the year will be given

Advisory Committee Reports:

  • Community Advisory Committee for Special Education will be giving their yearly report. Presentation can be found here.

    • They will recap the year and their accomplishments while looking ahead to the 2019-2020 school year

    • Their priorities for the next year include increasing academic interventions, provide social emotional supports, increase staffing, and focus on equity.

New Proposals/Assignments to Committee:

  • First reading of New School SF Charter Renewal

    • According to their website, New School is a K-12 public school “committed to inquiry based, equity and personalized learning.”

  • Resolution for Equity Studies to Implement Humanizing Learning Experiences for All Students PK-12 in SFUSD. Resolution can be read here.

    • SFUSD will be looking to centralize decolonizing and anti-oppressive pedagogical scholarship focused on knowledge of self, solidarity and self-determination

    • This will manifest in a permanent Equity Studies team which will meet bimonthly to further their goals.

Action Items: The following items will likely be passed at the meeting

  • Redefining the Roles, Responsibilities, and Structure of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF). Resolution can be found here.

  • Providing SFUSD Schools the Means to Close the Opportunity Gap. Resolution can be found here.

    • This resolution aims to assure that schools serving populations of students who require more services receive more funding- specifically students with incarcerated parents, students in foster care, and students residing in public housing. The resolution specifies that schools should receive at least $5,000 per student for students residing in public housing.

    • Under the resolution, school budgets would not decrease after the 10 day count, even if the student count declined

    • The resolution also provides that schools should have more flexibility in choosing central staffing supports

  • Our Healing in Our Hands SFUSD Resolution: Creating Schools as Spaces of Student-Driven Healing,Transformation, and Growth. Resolution can be found here.

    • This resolution is supported by several student groups and would, among other things, call on the district to extend wellness supports for students, increase funding to preventative wellness programs, increase student input into existing programs and develop peer-led coaching programs.

    • The resolution emphasizes the need to make sure services and mental health curriculum are culturally responsive and allow for involvement and agency of students. Providing service to working class, English Learner and immigrant communities is explicitly prioritized.

  • Resolution to Adopt the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity and Access in Arts Learning. Resolution can be found here.

    • Resolution that advocates that every student in the SFUSD has the right to a variety of high-quality courses in relevant arts disciplines in their basic education, regardless of “background, culture, language, socio-economic status or place of residence.”

  • FY 2019-20 Annual Update of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and LCAP Federal Addendum for the San Francisco County Office of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. Update can be found here.

    • SFUSD has provided responses to recommendations delivered based on stakeholder feedback

  • Superintendent's Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Recommended Budget. Proposal can be viewed here.

    • SFUSD staff have provided responses to questions raised about the proposed budget by Commissioners. Questions and responses can be viewed here. There are also responses provided to a memo presented by the PEEF CAC with suggestions for use of excess ERAF funds.

Special Orders of Business:

  • The Board will be recommending to remove from public view the Arnautoff Mural at George Washington High School (see above). It is anticipated that there will be a great deal of public comment on this matter - public comment will be restricted to 30 minutes on each side of the issue - one hour total.

    • Presentation on possible methods of covering range from conservation, to interpretation, to concealment, to removal and can be viewed in a previous presentation here.

    • View @PPSSFBoardWatch’s coverage of public comment from last week’s discussion on the mural.

  • Public Hearing to Approve the Substantiation for the Need to Maintain Budget Reserves.

    • The Board is holding a hearing required by law when holding funds in reserve above a certain level. The stated reason for holding these reserves is “to mitigate the impact of expenditure reductions that will be required to reduce deficit spending and balance the budget in the subsequent two years” and to “fund anticipated increases in contributions to the Special Education and Special Education transportation programs”

      • Budget can be viewed here.

    • Any district resident can come and speak on one of the above topics and the Board must hear all comments on this matter

  • Expenditure Plan for FY 2019-2020 Education Protection Account

  • Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budgets for the San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco County Office of Education.

  • Implementation of Board meeting calendar for 2019-2020 school year. Proposed schedule can be viewed here.

Augmented Special Meeting - Joint City, School District, and City College Select Committee: Friday 6/28 at 9:00 pm.

  • Review of the Memorandum of Understanding between the San Francisco Unified School District and the Police Department

    • Focus on portions of the agreement requiring that a parent or guardian be notified if a student is arrested; and requesting the San Francisco Unified School District and the Police Department to report.

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." This item has recently been moved earlier on the agenda, so if you wish to speak, make sure you arrive by 6PM! 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

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.

Follow our live-tweet coverage of Tuesday’s meeting on our new BoardWatch Twitter @PPSSFBoardWatch #BoardWatch!