What UESF members want (info from three sources):
- Bargaining survey of Nov 2016 – I worked on this as an area rep. We tried hard to get as many UESF members personal emails as we could, so that they could respond electronically. The election committee and the UESF office staff made it a priority to update the database ASAP. (Unfortunately, based on my experience as an area rep, this year UESF is not updating the database well at all). In addition to mailing them out, efforts were made to get the paper surveys to those UESF members without emails on file. Leadership of UESF decided to keep the results of the survey secret, with the rationale of not revealing their hand to the district at the table. Executive board members got to see it briefly during a meeting. In the open response section UESF members made thousands of comments, but I’m not sure anyone besides Lita took the time to read them. So who knows what our priorities were!
- UESF Listening Tour of 2015– UESF staff, officers and volunteers had open ended conversations with members at over 60 school sites, and the results from 30 of those sites was compiled into a report. UESF members have four clear concerns: A) affordability (need a pay raise), B) Implementation of Safe and Supportive Schools resolution and student discipline (SFUSD needs to provide the resources to carry out this mandate properly instead of just putting it back on individual teachers), C) Special Education staffing and support (SFUSD needs to put more resources into these programs), and D) workload issues and growing expectations and duties placed on educators.
- Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Close the Gap Coalition Town Hall, May, 2015: Participants chose three priorities to improve schools. This meeting was part of the community stakeholders input into the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which is how California distributes money to local school districts. A) A para and teacher in every classroom, B) A safe alternative learning space for students, C) A family engagement plan including time for educators and parents to develop relationships.