Note: This letter was forwarded to me by an SF K Files visitor.
I wanted to invite you to attend a meeting on Thursday, August 7th to speak
on legislation I introduced at the Board of Supervisors, urging the School
District to reconsider its current school assignment process and
incorporate geographic considerations when assigning students to schools.
As you know, many students have been placed at schools far away from their
homes due to the current school assignment system - which was originally
designed to increase diversity in schools. However, after several years of
this system, a recent Civil Grand Jury report found that our schools are
not actually more diverse and are still segregated.
The school district currently takes into consideration a student's:
- socioeconomic status
- home language use
- academic achievement score
- extreme poverty level
- Academic Performance Index rank of the students' previous school
None of these criteria include considerations of where a student lives in
relation to the school that they are being assigned to. I am asking that
the School District at the very least consider incorporating one additional
component to the list of criteria, which is a student's home location
relative to their school assignment.
On Thursday, August 7th, this legislation will be heard in City Hall, Room
263 at the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee at 1:00 PM.
If you are a parent or know of anyone who has experienced any difficulties
with their child's school assignment, we encourage you to share your
concerns during the public comment period at this meeting.
Legislation urging school district to reconsider school assignment process
at City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee
Thursday, August 7 @ 1:00 PM
Room 263, City Hall
Please feel free to contact my office if you have any additional questions
at (415) 554-7460
SF Board of Supervisors
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF, CA 94102