Monday, June 27, 2011

June 28 BOE Meeting: Approval of the Proposed Flexible Use of State Tier III Categorical Funding

SFUSD Special Order of Business, Regular Board Meeting of June 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM, 555 Franklin St.

SUBJECT: Approval of the Proposed Flexible Use of State Tier III Categorical Program Funding for Educational Purposes (click agenda for details of proposed spending)

WHEREAS: The Enacted 2009-10 California State Budget, SBX3 4, Chapter 12, Statutes of2009 and subsequently enacted trailer bill, ABX4 2 (Chapter 2/2009) authorizes school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education to use funding received from the State for any of the Tier III Categorical Programs enumerated under Education Code Section 42605 (a) for any educational purpose, to the extent permitted under federal law; and

WHEREAS: The flexibility to use funding received from said State Tier III Categorical Programs for any educational purposes is authorized for five years from Fiscal Year 2008-09 to Fiscal Year 2012-13, inclusive; and

WHEREAS: As a condition for the receipt of said State Tier III Categorical Programs funding that may be used for any educational purposes, and as a condition for transferring these funds to the General Fund, the governing board of the school district, charter school, or county office of education as appropriate, at a regularly scheduled open public hearing shall take testimony from the public, discuss, approve or disapprove, the proposed use of funding, and make explicit for each of the budget items the purposes for which the funds will be used; and

WHEREAS: The governing board of the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco County Office of Education did, at a regularly scheduled open public hearing on June 14, 2011, take testimony from the public and discussed the proposed use of funding (**Well Don, at least they acknowledge that you were there. Of course, there is nothing implied or suggested that they "listened"!**); and

WHEREAS: The attached schedules of State Tier III Categorical Programs reflect the proposed use of Tier III Program funding and make explicit the purposes for which the funds will be used.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Education does approve the use of the flexibility provisions of the State Tier III Categorical Programs for Fiscal Year 2011-12 as permitted by the Education Code Section 42605; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Board of Education does approve the proposed use of funding described in the attached Tier III Categorical Programs schedules, and has made explicit the purposes for which the funds will be used.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

SFUSD Budget for 2011-2012 [First Reading]

For those who like numbers, tables, and pie charts, this 460-page document won’t disappoint. Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends and reality begins--the numbers are abysmal. I haven’t had time to read all the details, but noteworthy numbers include the preliminary site-base budget allocation by school (pages 58-60) and Superintendent Garcia’s salary (page 71), which is $290,145 plus benefits if I read the table correctly.

Timelines: The Board of Education is expected to vote on the budget on June 21 with adoption of the budget [second reading] on June 28.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Comments: registration is back on

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Hot topic: Why doesn't the city require developers to invest in San Francisco schools?

This from a reader:
Many new developments are required to set aside units for affordable housing, and to sometimes to contribute to transportation system improvements. It seems that providing more funds for public schools is at least as important an objective. In fact, better public schools, help to make living in San Francisco more affordable. Two problems are solved together.

Where are the voices demanding that the Mayor and Board of Supervisors focus on school funding, and not only "affordable housing" and transit?

SFGate: SF kids' art mentor charged with having child porn

This from SFGate:
The head of a San Francisco nonprofit group that teaches art to children has been charged with possessing child pornography, authorities said Thursday.

FBI agents traced Anthony Josef Norris' log-on name of "Spanky" to his home computer and discovered 600 pornographic images of children, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco.

Norris, 46, who lives in San Francisco, surrendered Thursday to FBI agents.

Norris founded the nonprofit group Kid Serve Youth Murals about 12 years ago and is its director. He said in a 2009 interview with The Chronicle that his goal was to help youths from preschool to high school develop their design talent and create mosaic murals.

His arrest came one month after agents searched his home and allegedly found the photos on his computer.

Norris admitted that he had been downloading such images for about a decade, according to the complaint filed against him.

He appeared in federal court Thursday and was released after posting $200,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's a done deal!

Last night, BOE members appeared to unanimously support the District's phased-in K-8 feeder proposal, as presented on May 24. Commissioner Jill Wynn asked for more CTIP1 enrollment data to determine if the CTIP1 tiebreaker should move up to No. 2 position (before middle school feeder), but overall it appears that the BOE supports the plan with feeder pattern unchanged from Feb. 1 version of the map. There was no dissension, and BOE will likely vote approval at an upcoming BOE meeting. PAC and PPS deserve praise for their efforts. Don deserves credit for being correct. Maybe more San Francisco families have moving vans in their future!