Executive Director Corner: SFUSD Budget Reflections

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:00 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 5:31 PM ]
While many students and educators (some, not all) are twenty-eight days into their summer break (who’s counting?), district officials and Board of Education commissioners are still hard at work making preparations for the next school year.

Tuesday marked a significant milestone in this broader effort underway at the district. That evening, the Board of Education approved four significant elements impacting SFUSD’s FY 15 - 16 efforts: the annual budget, the annual service plan for special education (see their strategic goals), the annual update of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and the Lau Modified Consent Decree outlining SFUSD services to English Learners.

I hope you followed our coverage of Tuesday's proceedings via Twitter.

Given the continued pace of growth San Francisco faces, coupled with the ongoing, horrific, racially-charged events occurring across our nation, I am more cognizant than ever of the role of parents in being vigilant agents for our city’s kids and their respective pathways to prosperity. The passage of the aforementioned items – all subject to public input – are signals into the forward trajectory of public education in this city. We’re making strides in the right direction, but simply put: we need you. We need your presence on our social media channels, we need your voices in Board of Education meetings, we need your inclusive leadership within our public schools.

Our aim is to continue to evolve PPS-SF’s programming to make engagement in these public education policy processes more accessible, timely, and ultimately, relevant to parents on an individual level.

I wish all of our newsletter readers and network members a pleasant summer, and for our youth in need of a free warm meal or snack while school is out, here’s a list of the 2015 Summer Meal Program locations.

Masharika Prejean Maddison
Executive Director, Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco