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School District Student Assignment
City and County of San Francisco
Declaration of Policy - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 91525 / 49.96% Yes votes ...... 91678 / 50.04% No votes
Index of all Propositions
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Shall it be City policy to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District to change its student assignment system so that it places the highest priority on assigning each student to the school closest to home, after placing siblings in the same school?
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition H||Arguments Against Proposition H|
|YES ON PROP H! Last year, a group of concerned parents
joined to advocate for their children in the ongoing debate over the San Francisco Unified School District's Student Assignment System (SAS). San Francisco loses many frustrated families every year. This is due largely to the current SAS policies, which do not favor + and in most cases do not even
consider + neighborhood proximity when offering seats at overcrowded schools.
Imagine living only blocks away from your neighborhood school, and being told your child must attend a school, far from home. Not only does this not make practical sense, it also costs taxpayers more money, causes unnecessary traffic, takes away from family and study time, imposes undue financial and logistical burden for parents (especially with children attending different schools), and makes parent involvement difficult.
In the latest version of the SAS, preference is given to families living in census tracts whose students typically score lowest. At face value, this seems like good social justice. But in practice, it's open to fraud; and it sends the message that the schools in those neighborhoods can never be made worth attending.
Passing Prop H will tell the School District and Board that voters want a student assignment system based on quality neighborhood schools for all; that it's time to bring quality neighborhood schools to all students, rather than telling some students to leave their neighborhood to pursue a quality education. This will enhance the quality of life for all students and residents of San Francisco by reducing travel time, stress, traffic congestion, pollution, and wasted resources for busing, and will allow parents and community to become more involved with their schools.
Where were the Prop H proponents during hundreds of hours of meetings and neighborhood discussions on this topic? Where were the Prop H proponents when the district unanimously adopted a local school and parental choice program to benefit ALL FAMILIES whether they want to attend a neighborhood school or a school of choice?
At a time when revenues for schools are being cut at the state level, the authors of Prop H want us to spend time and money to do what we already accomplished LAST YEAR!
Join with the teachers, student support professionals, administrators, school board members, state assembly members, LGBT community leaders, school advocates and parents and say NO to Proposition H.
United Educators of San Francisco Dennis Kelly, President, United Educators of San Francisco Linda Plack Vice-President UESF* Susan Solomon Parent/Teacher* Carolyn King Samoa Grandparent/Paraprofessional SFUSD* Ken Tray Teacher, SFUSD*
|No on Proposition H
Proposition H is another well-intentioned fatally flawed measure. While Prop H claims it will help students, it will cause more harm than good. People closest to the classroom, parents and teachers and school board members, are urging a NO on Prop H because it is COSTLY, UNNECESSARY and POORLY WRITTEN.
Shrinking revenues and catastrophic cuts to public education, Prop H would create a new costly requirement for our school district. Rather than helping students in the classroom, Proposition H would advise school district officials to dedicate time and resources to create a whole new bureaucracy to administer student attendance assignments.
Prop H is so badly written that it can cause chaos in our schools by mandating the school board create reassignment of students in our district even after they have started the school year! The language in Proposition H takes effect immediately even though the school year has begun. Most of the student population could be forced to change schools in the middle of the semester. Students and parents who have come to know their teachers and family routines could see themselves uprooted and transferred to other school sites.
Proposition H is totally unnecessary. Parents already have the right to apply for specialized programs or to choose a school located near their homes. Parents also have the right to appeal to the school board or to address other education issues.
We urge you to Vote No on H and stand with teachers, parents and other public school advocates opposed to this costly, unnecessary and poorly written proposal.
United Educators of San Francisco Dennis Kelly, President
Mark Leno Hydra Mendoza, Commissioner* Norman Yee Commissioner* Rachel Norton Commissioner* Jill Wynns Commissioner* Emily Murase Commissioner* Kim-Shree Maufas Commissioner* Sandra Fewer Commissioner* Eric Mar Jane Kim
Proposition H is a necessary REFORM to our current flawed Student Assignment System in San Francisco. The placement process is a system that punishes parents, causes unnecessary stress on children and families due to placement in schools across town, increases government spending, increases traffic and carbon footprint due to unnecessary transportation, strips our neighborhoods of a sense of community. It fails to address a crucial responsibility of our current school board and district- ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT and support of students and families., in every neighborhood.
The opponents of Prop H have claimed that it will be "costly" and "will create chaos"+ two COMPLETELY FRAUDULENT, factually incorrect statements:
Let's send a message to the school board and district that students have a right to attend schools near their home.
Vote Yes on Prop H!