By Ron Flynn
Alice Board, Co-Chair
Although the warm weather is about to start, summer is over and it is back to school time.
We have a great opportunity to help San Francisco Unified School District and City College of San Francisco by electing some great new leaders to their boards.
Alice has endorsed our own Mark Murphy. In addition to serving on Alice’s Board, Mark has been a leader in the education community for years. He is Co-Chair of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF ) Community Advisory Committee, which allocates an annual $50 million San Francisco General Fund to the School District. PEEF funds Pre-K support, Sports, Libraries, Arts, and Music, and many Enrichment Programs such as Peer Mentoring, Restorative Practices, and Health & Wellness programs and others. Mark served on the Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Advisory Committee, where he worked with now School Board President Sandra Fewer on the passing of Resolution No. 912-8A3 “In Support that the San Francisco Unified School District Strengthen the Anti-Discrimination Program in Schools in Order to Effect a Healthier Learning Environment for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning Students. In 2013 Mark served on the San Francisco Mayor and Superintendent appointed “Our Children, Our City” Stakeholder Engagement Committee. In 2013-14, Mark actively participated in the SFUSD Vision 2025 process, discussing what the SFUSD education system might look like a decade from now, with teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and parents.
His husband is a teacher, and Mark’s passion lies with making San Francisco public schools a great place for students, teachers and families. There is currently not an out LGBT Board Member. Mark is a great candidate, look for him this fall on the campaign trail and VOTE for him November 4.
City College has undergone huge transformations in the last few years. After being unfairly attacked by the ACCJC, it has been fighting for its life. The City Attorney’s trial against the ACCJC takes place in October, and CCSF has applied for restoration status, which plays out next year. In the mean time, new people are running to be on the Community College Board, which needs to be beefed up and ready to take charge. Alice has endorsed Amy Bacharach, Thea Selby and Rodrigo Santos to be new voices on the Community College Board. All bring different strengths, but importantly they bring new direction. The old Board was too busy infighting to put the students and the school first. While ACCJC overstepped its bounds in attempting to take away CCSF’s accreditation, the Board made it easy for them. It is time for the Board to come together with new people, energy and focus and help return City College to the great institution it is. City College serves as an education entry port for thousands of San Franciscans. It respects the diversity of the City, indeed it encourages our diverse backgrounds by creating programs that address the needs of many different communities. Please take some time to get to know Amy Bacharach, Thea Selby and Rodrigo Santos and support them in their campaigns.