Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Get your 0/7 T-shirt


Cafe Press
is selling T-shirts for losers in the San Francisco Unified School District Lottery. If you've gone 0/7 in the lottery then these goods are for you! Get your loot and join the club! (Of course, all proceeds from your purchases will be donated to SFUSD!) Click here to purchase: http://www.cafepress.com/0for7club

56 comments:

  1. I'd be more specific about where the money goes ... why not donate it to a struggling school by name? SFUSD wastes so much money, make sure it goes to an actual teacher at an actual school site.

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  2. I'm guessing that most people interested in this t-shirt...have no interest in donating money to SFUSD!

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  3. This can serve as my guilt-free explanation of why I will now be opting out of the public school system in SF for either private school or the burbs!

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  4. HAHAHA, let me get this straight. I go 0/7 (after paying my property tax bill of course) and they want me to buy a t-shirt so the money can go to the very lottery that caused me to go 0-7? Good luck with that.

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  5. I went 0/7 and have not been amused about it thus far, but this gave me a laugh!

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  6. I think SFUSD should give us the T-shirts for all the pain and suffering all parents and 0/7 are going through right now....from now to till a better assignment is being offered to our kid(s). I have lost sleep over this and I know many parents have also.

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  7. I don't want a fricken shirt. I want a tax deduction. A "0/7, even though I applied to non-trophies" tax deduction.

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  8. Oh, and next year, when we get screwed again by the new application process, I'll take a "sorry, you live in Bernal and your district is full of immersion programs and crappy, underfunded schools" tax deduction.

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  9. I want to make very clear that SFUSD has NOTHING to do with this T-shirt. You can buy it or not, but I would be very doubtful of the claim that the district will see a penny of the money!

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  10. In that case, maybe I will buy it!

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  11. You can get involved in the neighborhood schools measure sponsored by the group Students First. We will have a web site soon and the campaign should be under way within weeks. We support the choice model as well and want SFUSD to create expanded choice to deal with the undersupply of available seats. If you went 0/7 or even if you didn't but you want a neighborhood schools assignment system, this is the opportunity to let our school leaders know how the public feels about the newly adopted system.

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  12. Rachel,
    Get your priorities straight. Instead of worrying about the Tee shirt proceeds and the obvious bad press it connotes, why don't you stop trying to hide public documents from the very public that voted for you and get me the records I lawfully requested. Now that the BSC has gone up in smoke it might be time to and do the review of the process that you promised me you would do.

    While you are at it maybe you can tell us why the district failed to apply the flexible monies for essential services, but uses unflexible monies for class size reduction, a violation of law?

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  13. I have to say, the lack of determination and perserverance is unbelievable. Is that what you want to model? (i gave it a try and i didn't get what i want so i give up on the whole system and i'm bailing? on top of that i'll hate on the system and everything associated with it because it didn't meet my expectations?)

    Yes, there's no control -- its a lottery. And no doubt, the lack of control is stressful and frustrating for many. But did it ever occur to people that this could be a journey that you will learn from? I know I did.

    I also looked at it this way: public school is free. I figured this front end effort is part of the price.

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  14. Go to Bang-On on Haight Street and make it yourself.

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  15. Oh don't nag Rachel. We should just be gla she reads this and gives us fact checks.

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  16. do the shirts come with the whiney soundtrack, or is that extra?

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  17. @5:18...please try to have a sense of humor about this. Lots of families (such as mine) went 0/7 and were assigned to a school that no one else wanted for a reason. At least this t-shirt can make us smile right now. As to modeling determination - how exactly does one model that in the context of multiple lotteries? Was it your determination that landed you in a school where more than 30% of the second graders were math proficient? Do you really think placing my son in this environment is either fair or suggests some level of determination on my part?

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  18. Perhaps the shirt should also have '0000' on the back.

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  19. Don, take your dozen sock puppets and leave. Stop stalking Rachel. Stop bothering her.

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  20. I just got a 0/7 tattoo ... it hurts when I sit down ...

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  21. For the love of God, Don, take your vitriol to Rachel's blog if you want and stop using this one as your bully pulpit. You're no better than the trawling real estate agent from Walnut Creek on June's comment thread. Have a little decency.

    And I hope the rest of us will get educated about this Privileged Students First movement. It sucks, especially for those of us in areas with underfunded, low performing schools, which we would be stuck with under Don's plan. Let's not take the reactionary bait just because we are disappointed. We can do what we need to do for our own kids, but let's not sell out those for whom school choice is the only hope.

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  22. Holding elected representatives accountable to the law is important, or so it used to be. Maybe not in SF though. I've notified the Board of these issues of public accountability of school expenditures and planning. The public is guaranteed a right of review in order to see, in this case, how SFUSD school sites spends their money and by what process.

    Rachel was personally involved with this issue and that is why I address it here. She made the decision to keep documents hidden from view, documents that were created in the public domain in SSC meetings and could shed light on how SFUSD expenses programs and executes it strategic plan. She promised to do a review of the process. It was never done. The much vaunted balanced scorecard is now just a memory.

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  23. "I have to say, the lack of determination and perserverance is unbelievable. Is that what you want to model? (i gave it a try and i didn't get what i want so i give up on the whole system and i'm bailing? on top of that i'll hate on the system and everything associated with it because it didn't meet my expectations?) "

    0/21? Six or seven trips downtown. How much perserverence do you expect?

    Maybe you could explain what you think is a reasonable limit to perserverence?

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  24. Don
    You are psychotic. Rachel stupidly tried to look into something for you, to be helpful, and then you harass her and blame her for stuff that is not her fault? Do you honestly think one Board of Ed member can change the whole system if they want to?
    When jerks like you hassle board members it just makes the board members never want to look into anything for anybody ever again, for those of us trying our best to make things better for kids in SFUSD.
    If you think they broke the transparency laws, take it up with the CDE.
    In the meantime, Rachel, get a restraining order against the weirdo, ok? He's unhinged.

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  25. Oh, I just realized, I can't buy this T-shirt. Hey, why don't we make a 0/21 and 0/28 T-shirt, "'cus" I oh so sure that's where will be in a few months.

    0/28 T-shirts, anyone?

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  26. How about just :

    I am an O-fer

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  27. Other than having to wait a few months, I have had no trouble getting receipts and expense documents from SFUSD, with information requests.

    Fill in the proper forms, and follow the process, instead of whining about it with your finger up your nose.

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  28. Yeah!

    "How about just : I am an O-fer"

    I'm an O-fer fer try'in to raize a family in San Francisco"

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  29. I will not stoop to the level in which friendship and patronage are prized above all. I still believe in ideas. But I will acknowledge that this string is the wrong place for the accountability conversation.

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  30. Does anyone know if letters mailed tomorrow morning may arrive in tomorrow's mail?

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  31. Sorry - wrong list! Ignore last question.

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  32. An elected official takes an oath to uphold the law. That is different from doing someone a favor.

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  33. "Perhaps the shirt should also have '0000' on the back."

    Yeah, "bin 0000".

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  34. Haha, funny.

    Now to serious biz- heard that several Alt. schools are seriously fighting neighborhood designation. More criminal people...

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  35. Don,

    I have been reading your comments with great interest the last month or so. I find myself begrudgingly agreeing with a fair amount of what you say. Philosophically, I also support the notion of citizen activists, and in all sincerity, I am glad that SF has people like you to make sure the system works. But I also think you are your own worst enemy. You cause dissension on this blog, you seem to gratuitously attack the one school board member who is actually reaching out to parents in a transparent way, and there are some threads you seem to highjack with repetitive posts even when you've already made a good argument. Those inclined to disagree with you get galvanized, and those inclined to agree with you (or who approach your ideas with an open mind) get put off after a while. I think you obviously have a lot of passion and knowledge. But in terms of advocacy, you are not doing yourself or those who might support your ideas any favors.

    In all seriousness, have you thought about starting your own blog? Like Rachel Norton, you could still read and post to this blog and other blogs, but then have your own blog to elaborate on these subjects. I think I and others would read it.

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  36. I suppose you are right. People who know me personally at the district understand that I am an outspoken activist and accept it for what it is. But on-line, especially on a blog that attracts a lot of new public school parents or where progressives dominate the discussion, my issues are considered arcane or anti-establishment. The first group, the K parents don't have any real interest in things they don't follow as yet and the second, the far-left, doesn't want to hear what I have to say and tries to repudiate it. Fair enough.

    I appreciate your insight, but I will probably just keep doing what I always do, despite the flack. But SF Kfiles is really no place to get informed on issues outside of local school efforts and assignments. I hope concerned parents will ratchet up their activism and get involved beyond the confines of the classroom and schoolyard. Those are great places to get hands on education experience, but they are not where decisions are made about the direction of our district.

    One last thing - I am well aware that Rachel is the only member that puts herself out there and I respect that. I have said as much before on this site. If she wants to be the poster girl for tranparency she's going to have to walk the walk. We thought she was more moderate than progressive. Her votes tell otherwise. But she's a thoughtful and sincere Board member in any case. Personally I wouldn't vote for her again based upon her voting record and the lack of any reform agenda, with the exception of special ed. When it comes to keeping her public informed she's unparalleled.

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  37. "People who know me personally at the district understand that I am an outspoken activist and accept it for what it is."

    Like getting a security guard to escort you off the premises in 15 minutes, according to your own posts.

    The sad thing is Don, you lie to yourself. You see yourself as a heroic citizen activist-martyr, wheras to others you're just a thin-skinned narcissist busybody who gets the in the frickin' way and wastes everybody's time.

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  38. "I am well aware that Rachel is the only member that puts herself out there and I respect that."

    In Donspeak "respect" = "harass"

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  39. Don, I think Anon 8:58PM gave you good advise. In some cases, it's really not your message but your delivery that's turning people off. Part of being a successful activist is having the ability to inspire people to want to do something. I think you have room for growth on that part.

    Anyway, I thought the shirt was funny. I can imagine several people showing up at EPC with their revised list and waitpool wearing this. My son won't be going into Kindergarten till 2013 so I hope I won't need this shirt. Hoping the new system will work in my favor. I'll have to keep an eye on how things go in the next two years. So glad I found this site.

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  40. How about the old cliche' "I toured 14 SFUSD schools and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

    And yeah, I used to listen to Don and consider his opinions. Now I think he's ruined this blog and skip reading his comments. Every thread is cluttered up with his political agenda, his personal animosities, and so on. I'm sorry, but this isn't a forum for one person's political campaign or harassment. It's a forum for concerned parents to share information, questions, anxieties, and triumphs.

    Whether I always agree with Rachel or not, she's level-headed, informative, and remarkably good at not personalizing things. So in terms of sheer good behavior, she wins me.

    Off to make Privileged Students First T-shirts. In white, of course. Amusingly, my word verification is "reseg," as in "resegregation."

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  41. Don't get discouraged! Our family toured at least 14 elementary schools and was down at the EPC almost 2x per month. We got 0/7 all the way through until getting our letter a week before school started. Against all odds, we got our first choice school. There is A LOT of movement during the first month of school (even after our son started, kids left and came). My advice is to be patient and hang tight. Keep your #1 school as your top choice ALWAYS and the other six schools you can play with the order.

    Good luck to you all!

    p.s. I got a good laugh from the T :0P

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  42. I'm the local Bernal Dad that, in a fit of grumpiness, designed the shirt, misspelled "looser," and also threw a 0/7 brick.

    I'll have printed up seven t-shirts for each of the very hard working and transparent Board Members to wear.

    If they'll pose for a picture with the shirts then I'll personally match the profit made as a double donation to SFUSD.

    That's my word, now can somebody please spel check this?

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  43. Activism requires subjecting oneself to the wrath of the establishment and those who are bed with them.

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  44. I also looked at it this way: public school is free.

    No it's not. All of us pay for it via State Income & Sales taxes, as well as Property and Parcel Taxes.

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  45. 11:46,

    Rachel could respond to these issues I've raised, but she chooses not to. Instead, an anonymous person comes on here and tries to defame me with these absurd harrassment charges. I don't think Rachel put her up to it. But I don't see her trying to stop it either. That concerns me.

    My interest is in advocating for students. Asking public officials to account for their responsibilities is necessary in order to make change. One can pack up the family and move to neighborhood schools in the suburbs or make an effort to change things right here in the backyard.

    Anonymous M is no concern to me. But if she wants to do her frien Rachel a favor, she should stop making ridiculous accusations.

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  46. Public school is soooo NOT "free"--you pay for it with your taxes whether you use it or not--not that I mind, just saying.

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  47. "People who know me personally at the district understand that I am an outspoken activist and accept it for what it is."

    Hye , folks, anyone know Don personally (from the district or from his kid's school)? Any comment you want to make (and please make it anonymously or I fear he will start harrassing you too).

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  48. I am already feeling guilting about the above post. This is no place to maek personal attachs 9though I wish Don would stop attacking Rachael). So anyone, if you know Don personally and have something POSITIVE to say, please fell free to comment.

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  49. 12:55 PM:

    hey guys, i'm not into these girlish, teen behavior, popularity contest headgames.

    could we stop?

    Don has an unusual approach, is rather tactless, but certainly seems to have carefully reasearched mismanagment in the school board very carefully.

    It's annoying that Don is giving Rachel such a hard time. Rachel can't take the entire morass of the school board on singlehandedly. I'd really like to see a head to head between Don and Kim Shree-Maufas. That would be fun.

    I'm fine with Don. He's welcome here. I think will just have to take him at face value. He's not pretending to be trying to win any popularity contests.

    So let's stop the mean head games.

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  50. I'm an 0/7er, but honestly, it's not all bad. I can be happy for those of my friends who got one of their choices. I think the shirt is funny.

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  51. Assuming this is the same Don Krause, for those who are interested...

    http://www.linkedin.com/ppl/webprofile?vmi=&id=241074&pvs=pp&authToken=t4M2&authType=name&locale=en_US&trk=ppro_viewmore&lnk=vw_pprofile

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  52. These shirts are an insult. It just rubs salt into the wound.

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  53. I too agree with Don on many issues he raises, but will echo that he could pull it off more effectively with better decorum. I applaud him for at least posting with his (first) name instead of anonymously, like most of his critics do. Those who cite every negative BOE comment as a 'Don puppet' may want to open their eyes to the fact that many more people share his opinions than they may realize.

    Regarding Rachel Norton, I've only recently become acquainted with her (parent of incoming K), and frankly think that she is on the wrong side of most key issues. However, I will say that I am tremendously impressed by her willingness to engage in the discussion and to so thoroughly chronicle her actions and opinions. I probably would find the rest of the board members even more disagreeable if they put in as much effort to make their stances known.

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  54. 2:54
    No, that is not the same one. The one here is an unemployed stay at home dad.

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  55. We were 0/15 and we tried. Is there an 0/5 shirt?

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  56. how can I get a shirt?

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