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The Coleman   
Advocate Alert

 
June 21, 2011 
 

URGENT ALERT! SFUSD BUDGET CUTS MEETING TODAY! 
Stand With Coleman Parents & Student LEADERS To Demand a BUDGET That Lives Up to the District’s Promises

 
We are Calling on Superintendent Garcia and the School Board
To Back Up Their Commitment to Ending the Racial Opportunity Gap with a Budget That Invests in Black and Latino Student Success
 
NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES

Coleman youth and parent members have been up in arms for years about SFUSD’s broken promises to African American, Latino and Pacific Islander students. We believe that quality education is not a privilege for the few, it’s a fundamental human right for all. And in our neighborhoods, keeping promises about quality schools is about saving lives.
 
After decades of broken promises and failed reforms, tens of thousands of SFUSD’s African American and Latino students still continue to be denied adequate resources like counselors, tutors, quality summer school and other second chance ‘credit recovery’ options, college access centers, school staff who believe in their future, and the opportunity to take the basic “A-G” classes they need for college. In our demands for change, we have celebrated the District’s plans to close the achievement gap and the opportunity gap, and in 2009 we worked with SFUSD leadership to pass the “A – G For All” Policy so that black and brown students would finally get access to the same college- and-career path opportunities that most white and Asian students in the district have access to.
 
WE WANT A TRANSPARENT AND EQUITABLE SFUSD BUDGET

The Board of Ed will vote on the final school district budget in just two weeks. Up to this point in the budget process, SFUSD has failed to provide the Board or the community with information about how proposed cuts will impact students whose needs are the most urgent – including Black and Latino students who are struggling to succeed without the resources they need.
 
Children & Students Ask “What about Our Future?”

At today’s Board meeting on the district’s budget, Coleman parents, students and kids are calling for three things:
 
1. To make sure that SFUSD Presents a Budget “Equity Report” that answers our basic questions about this year’s budget cuts:

2. To make sure Coleman families’ Budget Priorities are reflected in the final Budget. We want to hear how the Superintendent and his staff are going to protect resources most critical to making equity a reality in the district.  Our priorities are:

  • Protect A-G/College & Career Access: We want all 9th and 10th graders in SFUSD to have access to UC/CSU A-G high school courses in every SFUSD High School.
  • Protect Teacher Quality & Professional Development resources
  • Protect Democracy in SFUSD, including resources for student and parent school site leadership
  • Protect Support Services
  • Protect Families’ Access to Student Information

(For the longer version of this, email pmanigo@colemanadvocates.org)
  

3. Finally, we are calling on the Board to support two amendments to the current budget:

 

  • Increase resources for “Credit Recovery” - opportunities like summer and Saturday school for students to successfully complete the new A-G course sequence, so all students are truly prepared to graduate from the district, enroll in college or get a good job.
  • Expand the Office of Parent Engagement to increase its capacity to do culturally competent training and support for school site staff working with African American and immigrant families of color.
     

Join Coleman Members today,  June 21st at 6pm at 555 Franklin Street, and next Tuesday, June 28th at 6pm for the final vote on the budget.
 
Call Pecolia at 415.533.6069 or email her at pmanigo@colemanadvocates.orgfor more info!
 The Doors of Opportunity Re-Open This Summer!
 

 

 
City and School District Leaders Follow Through on Commitment to Providing Summer School for 9th Graders
 
Coleman families fought for A-G for all students in the District because we believe that all young people should be graduating high school prepared for college and a career.  But years of experience in public schools taught our families that the kind of education a student received was often determined by race, and that while some students had access to the best opportunities— highly qualified teachers, strong student supports and high expectations from school, community and family— others did not.
 
When in 2009, we showed up with 150 youth and parents and the Board of Education voted unanimously to pass A-G as the District graduation requirement, it was a historic moment for youth of color in San Francisco.  We knew that the new policy would require student supports, including credit recovery options, to ensure that students were successful. 
 
But last year, as the District faced deep budget cuts, the SF Board of Education made a decision to eliminate summer school classes for all students except for graduating seniors short of credits and special education students.  In response to outcry across the city, city leaders scrambled to strengthen summer programming for youth—but there were few opportunities for students to recover academic credits.
 
This summer, as current 9th graders wrap up the first year of implementation for the A-G policy, Coleman families prioritized summer school as a essential credit recovery option, so that at the very least, SFUSD 9th graders don’t fall behind in their coursework.  We met with Mayor Ed Lee, Superintendent Carlos Garcia, Board of Education members Sandra Lee Fewer and Hydra Mendoza, DCYF Director Maria Su and SFUSD High schools Assistant Superintendent Janet Schultz to discuss options for the restoration of summer school—and we are so happy to announce that there WILL be summer school this year! 
 
“Summer school is so important so that me and other students don’t fall behind in our classes.  I want to go to college, but I need support to get there,” said Jonthan Chavero, a Coleman youth leader.
 
We want to thank Mayor Ed Lee for his support and commitment to work with SFUSD to ensure that at the very least, 9th graders and Newcomer students will have the opportunity to make up academic credits this summer.  The summer school that will now be provided meets almost half of the identified need and hundreds of students, who otherwise would be falling behind, will now have the opportunity to recover those credits!  In a time of diminishing resources in San Francisco, we see Mayor Lee’s support as an indication of his commitment to a college, career, and a comprehensive safety net for SFUSD students and their families!
 
SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia said, “I want to thank the Mayor, DCYF and Coleman Advocates for making sure that youth who are most at risk of dropping out are getting a chance to catch up.”
 
This Summer: Support our students in getting back on track!
 
The 9th grade summer school is scheduled for June 9- July 14 2011. Approximate time is 8am – 1:15pm, depending on the bus schedule for special education.  Only first time 9th graders are eligible for this summer school to take classes in English and Algebra only.  The 9th grade newcomer summer school is only for ELD courses.
 
There are four school sites open for summer school for 9th graders: O’Connell, Balboa, Galileo and Lowell.  Below is the breakdown of where students from each SFUSD high school will attend:O’Connell High School: O’Connell, ISA; SOTA; Academy at 
ColemanAdvocates for Children & Youth
presents our annual


BLOCK PARTY
and
YMAC (Youth Making A Change) 20th Anniversary Celebration!

"Unity is our Strength"
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
1:30-5:00pm
Vienna Streetbetween Persia and Brazil

(MUNI accessible on the 29, 52 and 54 lines)

BBQ & Food * Community Potluck
Entertainment * Activities & Games for All Ages
Jump House * Live DJ, Music & Dancing

Join us!  Please RSVP to Chelsea: cboilard@colemanadvocates.org.

 The Doors of Opportunity Re-Open This Summer!
Celebrating 20 Years of Children's Fund History!

We want to thank all of you who attended the beautiful Children's Fund 20th Anniversary event on May 10th!  Over 300 people attended the event at City Hall's North Light Court to celebrate two decades of our work to protect funding for children and youth in San Francisco!  We recognized so many of the advocates and organizers who made this moment and the Children's Fund possible, including Margaret Brodkin, the "Mother of the Children's Fund".  The event included powerful speakers and performances from the Richmond Village Beacon Center, Sunset Youth Services' Upstar Records, and Loco Bloco.  And we were so glad to be joined by Mayor Lee, whose office co-sponsored the event, as well as nine of the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors (John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Ross Mirkarimi, and Scott Wiener) and five of the seven members of the Board of Education (Sandra Fewer, Hydra Mendoza, Rachel Norton, Jill Wynns and Norman Yee). 

We want to thank all of the elected officials who attended and showed their support for the children, youth and families of San Francisco.  We'd like to give a special thanks to Maria Su and the Department of Children, Youth and their Families for their sponsorship and support for this event.  And last but definitely not least, we want to give incredible thanks to the community of community-based providers, who every day dedicate their lives to supporting young people grow and succeed in San Francisco!

For pictures and video of the event, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1720112600.
 
ColemanAdvocates for Children & Youth
presents our annual


BLOCK PARTY
and
YMAC (Youth Making A Change) 20th Anniversary Celebration!

"Unity is our Strength"
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
1:30-5:00pm
Vienna Streetbetween Persia and Brazil

(MUNI accessible on the 29, 52 and 54 lines)

BBQ & Food * Community Potluck
Entertainment * Activities & Games for All Ages
Jump House * Live DJ, Music & Dancing

Join us!  Please RSVP to Chelsea: cboilard@colemanadvocates.org.

 The Doors of Opportunity Re-Open This Summer!
Celebrating 20 Years of Children's Fund History!

We want to thank all of you who attended the beautiful Children's Fund 20th Anniversary event on May 10th!  Over 300 people attended the event at City Hall's North Light Court to celebrate two decades of our work to protect funding for children and youth in San Francisco!  We recognized so many of the advocates and organizers who made this moment and the Children's Fund possible, including Margaret Brodkin, the "Mother of the Children's Fund".  The event included powerful speakers and performances from the Richmond Village Beacon Center, Sunset Youth Services' Upstar Records, and Loco Bloco.  And we were so glad to be joined by Mayor Lee, whose office co-sponsored the event, as well as nine of the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors (John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Ross Mirkarimi, and Scott Wiener) and five of the seven members of the Board of Education (Sandra Fewer, Hydra Mendoza, Rachel Norton, Jill Wynns and Norman Yee). 

We want to thank all of the elected officials who attended and showed their support for the children, youth and families of San Francisco.  We'd like to give a special thanks to Maria Su and the Department of Children, Youth and their Families for their sponsorship and support for this event.  And last but definitely not least, we want to give incredible thanks to the community of community-based providers, who every day dedicate their lives to supporting young people grow and succeed in San Francisco!

For pictures and video of the event, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1720

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