Here are a few things I know about community schools.
At a UESF meeting earlier this year, it was talked about how the new SF school partly funded by Zuckerberg and Chan, “the Primary School”, will be a community school, and UESF should support (consider supporting? we didn’t vote on it) this effort. Is the survey asking for UESF members’ support for using parcel tax funds for this school? Remember only part of the parcel tax money goes to salaries, and part of it goes to the SFUSD. See my earlier post about who controls how parcel tax funds (tens of millions of dollars) are spent.
Will UESF members be canvassing and phone banking to raise money for a project of two of the richest folks in the world?
WTF? Hope I’m wrong.
There is a growing movement for community schools across the US and California right now, which is an attempt to support public schools and to push back against the wave of privatization that going on. The following are two examples.
California Alliance for Community Schools: UESF is part of this group, although we have mostly opted to NOT participate in state-wide actions. Here is the link to their founding event, and their platform. Note that this is not calling for partnerships with billionaires.
We Choose campaign: This is a rapidly growing campaign initiated by Journey for Justice, a group from Detroit. Here is the platform. I think they are in 23 states now. Again no billionaires involved.