A brief snapshot of key Coleman accomplishments in 2013

  • We launched the “Solutions Not Suspensions Campaign” to transform the school district’s approach to school discipline and create a more positive school environment for students and teachers. We held multiple community engagement meetings, facilitated dozens of educational workshops, and recruited more than 30 organizational endorsements and hundreds of individual supporters for the campaign. Earlier this month, we partnered with Board of Ed Commissioner Matt Haney to develop the “Safe and Supportive Schools” resolution which speaks to the community demands to address disproportionate suspensions for African American students and other students of color, and pushes for implementation of restorative practices and positive behavior interventions and supports, among other issues.
  • As a result of Coleman’s efforts, SFUSD agreed to fund several of our member-identified budget priorities from new sources of funding created by Proposition H (the Public Education Enrichment Fund . In addition to a $2.4M credit recovery set aside we aggressively advocated for over many months, the Board of Ed voted to approve $911,000 for Restorative Practices; $817,000 for Family Support/Translation and Interpretation Services; and $5,295,867 for Learning Supports and Wellness Services.
  • Coleman Advocates provided leadership on a special taskforce charged with revising the MOU between SFUSD and SFPD and Juvenile Probation. Responding to widespread concern from parents and community members that too many San Francisco students were being pushed into the juvenile justice system each year, we worked closely with SFUSD and SFPD, along with Public Counsel, HOMEY, United Playaz, and Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, over a period of two year, to develop new guidelines and protocols that will transform the relationship between police and the school community, help keep more students out of the school-to-prison pipeline,  and operate as a model for how schools and police departments can work together to improve school environments  and reduce student arrests.
  • We helped to lead a successful campaign to win a Local Hiring Policy for SFUSD. We participated in many planning meetings with the sponsoring officials, member meetings, and actions at the Board of Supervisors. The SFUSD policy will help guarantee the hiring of local San Francisco residents and contractors for SFUSD’s $531 million construction bond so this is a major win for labor and community.
  • We won our campaign to expand the Mayor’s Summer Jobs for Youth Initiative to include funding specifically earmarked for jobs and paid internship opportunities for undocumented youth
  • We participated in collaborative efforts to win Local Control Funding Formula legislation at the state level.  LCFF dramatically reforms the way we fund school districts in California by shifting the state’s formerly inequitable and irrational way of funding schools to a simpler “need-based” education funding formula that provides additional funding to support the greater needs of low-income students. English learners and foster youth.
DEC 18, 2013