"Many supporters have asked me why my campaign for School Board was not endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF).
I deeply respect and support teachers. As a Board of Education Commissioner I will fight not only for students, but also the dedicated teachers, school counselors, social workers, instructional aides, nurses, and administrators who have dedicated their lives to helping children learn. I will advocate for better compensation, improved working conditions, and an increased voice for educators when it comes to shaping education policy. I will oppose the anti-teacher culture that blames teachers for the failings of our education system, and stand up against the teacher bashing that continues to threaten the future of the teaching profession.
As a pro-teacher candidate, I had hoped the UESF endorsement process would have been more representative of this diverse union as a whole. The UESF represents more than 6,000 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) employees, but at the August 3, 2010 member endorsement recommendation meeting only 28 of those 6,000 members cast their endorsement vote. While I certainly wish there had been more member involvement in the UESF process, I will always welcome the support of educators in San Francisco."
Margaret Brodkin for School Board 2010