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The Coleman   
Advocate Alert

 
May 12, 2011 
 

 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 S

BalboaHigh School: Balboa: Burton; June Jordan

GalileoHigh School: Galileo; Wallenberg; SF Internation

LowellHigh School: Lowell; Washington; Mars

 
Students and Parents should speak directly with your school counselor to ensure that your student is enrolled in Summer School!
 
For more information, please contact Pecolia Manigo at pmanigo@colemanadvocates.org or 415-239-0161 ex
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 SOTA
  • Balboa High School: Balboa: Burton; June Jordan
  • Galileo High School: Galileo; Wallenberg; SF International
  • Lowell High School: Lowell; Washington; Marshall
 
Students and Parents should speak directly with your school counselor to ensure that your student is enrolled in Summer School!

For more information, please contact Pecolia Manigo at pmanigo@colemanadvocates.org or 415-239-0161 ext 21.

 

In This Issue:

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Youth and Parent Members at a Hearing for Summer School

Coleman CF event

Coleman Youth Leaders and Staff

budget hearing

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