The San Francisco Board of Education (BOE) is composed of seven Commissioners who are elected to serve 4-year terms. The BOE is subject to local, state, and federal laws, and it determines policy for all the public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Five fundamental areas of their basic governance responsibilities are as follows (taken from School Beat: School Board Elections Are Coming Soon, by Lisa Schiff‚ September 9‚ 2010):
- Setting the direction for the community’s schools,
- Establishing an effective and efficient structure for the school district,
- Providing support [to the superintendent and staff],
- Ensuring accountability to the public, and
- Acting as community leaders.
On November 2, 2010, San Francisco voters will elect three new members to the BOE. There are eleven candidates, including two incumbents (alphabetically):
Kim-Shree Maufus (incumbent)
Hydra Mendoza (incumbent)
Jamie Rafaela Wolfe.
The SF K Files started a dialog about the upcoming BOE elections last month (see Listen to what the School Board candidates have to say..., September 13, 2010). As the election date approaches, parents and community members need to get informed to insure appropriate representatives are elected.
What do you think about the incumbents? Who has a history of vision, service, and accomplishments? Who has compassion for Special Education students? Who will serve us well? In other words, who’s in, who’s out?