Summary of Regular Meeting 9/6/22

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00:00:00 - 01:00:00

The Board of Education for the San Francisco Unified School District is meeting to discuss the budget and teacher compensation. A teacher speaks out against the consolidation of teachers in schools, and the board is urged to be more transparent about their budget decisions.

  • 00:00:00 The school board of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) acknowledges that they are on the ancestral homeland of the Ramatech Alone, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco peninsula. They recognize that they benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland and wish to pay their respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders, and relatives of the Ramatech community. The board then votes to approve the minutes of their previous meeting.
  • 00:05:00 In his report, Superintendent Dr. Wayne talks about his recent visits to schools around the district. He highlights the college and career readiness programs at Lincoln High School, and the challenges the district is facing with enrollment and staffing. He also updates the board on the progress made with Empower SF, and promises to keep lines of communication open.
  • 00:10:00 The superintendent announced that the district will be holding four community events to solicit input on the district's 117-day entry plan. The board of education is also holding 12 city-wide in-person events to gather input on the district's vision, values, and goals.
  • 00:15:00 One mother speaks about how her son's teacher was extremely helpful and supportive, and how losing her has been difficult for her family. She asks the board to please bring the teacher back.
  • 00:20:00 In the video, parents and teachers express their concerns about the district's decision to reassign a teacher from Sheridan to a different school. They argue that this will have a negative impact on the students, who have already lost one teacher last year. They also argue that the decision goes against the district's core values of student-centeredness and fearlessness.
  • 00:25:00 The teacher shortage in San Francisco is real, and teachers at Sheridan Elementary School are feeling the effects. They are concerned that consolidating positions will result in even more teacher turnover, which is harmful for students.
  • 00:30:00 Parents and teachers at Sheridan Elementary School are pleading with the district not to consolidate teachers mid-year, as this would negatively impact students who have already formed trusting relationships with their teachers. The community is also concerned about the district's lack of progress in spending money allocated for outdoor learning, which would provide a much-needed space for students to learn and socialize safely.
  • 00:35:00 Teachers in San Francisco are frustrated and insulted that they are still not being paid correctly, nine months into the school year. They are also concerned that the district is not doing enough to fix the problem.
  • 00:40:00 Parents and teachers spoke out against consolidations and reassignments at the meeting, saying that it would cause further instability and hurt retention of qualified staff. They urged the district to consider alternative options to address the staffing shortage.
  • 00:45:00 The speaker calls for an outside audit of the contract for the district's new payroll system, which has been plagued by errors and delays. They argue that the system is damaging employee morale and retention, and that the district needs to do better to support its employees.
  • 00:50:00 The board of education is meeting to discuss the budget and teacher compensation. A teacher speaks out against the consolidation of teachers in schools, and the board is urged to be more transparent about their budget decisions.
  • 00:55:00 The San Francisco Board of Education is holding a meeting and taking public comment from students. One student, Micah, speaks about the lack of calories in school breakfast and lunch, and how it could lead to malnutrition for high school students. The Board is then asked if there are any items they would like to withdraw or correct. Superintendent Wayne says they are withdrawing two items.

01:00:00 - 02:00:00

The school board in San Francisco is discussing new rules and procedures that will help them focus on student success. Some of the proposed changes include making agendas and materials more transparent and accessible, clarifying the board's role, and increasing the focus on student outcomes.

  • 01:00:00 The Board of Education will vote on a set of amendments to the Board's rules and operating procedures. The amendments are designed to focus the Board's work on student outcomes.
  • 01:05:00 The school board is proposing changes to their procedures in order to better focus on student success and rebuild trust with the community. Some of the proposed changes include making agendas and materials more transparent and accessible, clarifying the board's role, and increasing the focus on student outcomes.
  • 01:10:00 The board of a school district is discussing new policies that will change the way the district is run. One of the changes is that board resolutions will no longer be allowed. This will help to eliminate distractions and allow the board to focus on more important matters.
  • 01:15:00 The speaker says that the board has not been transparent or accountable and that they have not reached out to stakeholders to get input on the changes. They say that the board is the only venue for parent complaint and that the committees should not be gutted.
  • 01:20:00 The superintendent and board members discuss the updated rules and operating procedures for the board, with a focus on ensuring that everyone has a chance to be informed and engaged in the process. They also talk about the need to be patient with the changes, as some of them will take time to implement.
  • 01:25:00 The board is discussing a rule that would require at least two members to request an item be removed from the consent agenda in order to have a separate discussion and vote on that item. Michelle Alexander suggests that any commissioner be able to do that, and offers a values-based justification for why she believes that is important. However, she also raises a practical concern about how such a rule would work in practice.
  • 01:30:00 The board discusses how to handle items on the consent agenda that one board member objects to. They decide that the board member can make a motion to sever the item and table it for discussion at the next meeting.
  • 01:35:00 The student delegates and the superintendent agree that resolutions are the best way to push forward legislation and that pausing them will limit student involvement. The superintendent also agrees that the challenges the students are raising are ones that need to be addressed.
  • 01:40:00 The board discusses a resolution regarding sexual violence in schools and how it would be created and presented. It is decided that the board will focus on policy changes instead of resolutions.
  • 01:45:00 The board discusses the need for the district to be more responsive to the needs of students, families, and educators. They also discuss the need for the board to be more supportive of the superintendent in order to help the district deliver on its promises.
  • 01:50:00 The board discusses the revised procedures and policies, and acknowledges that existing committees and public comment are not addressed within the current recommendations. They vote to conclude the discussion and move on to the next item.
  • 01:55:00 The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved an amendment to its rules and procedures, which will allow the board to choose its leadership in one meeting instead of over two meetings. The board also unanimously approved a motion to establish an ad hoc committee to address outstanding issues not addressed in the current amendment.

02:00:00 - 02:00:00

The board of education discussed proposals from the teachers' union and the service employees' union, and decided to begin negotiations. A parent and teacher urged the board to consider the needs of all school staff, not just teachers, and the board then voted to begin negotiations.

  • 02:00:00 The board of education discussed the initial proposals from the teachers' union and the service employees' union, and decided to begin negotiations. There was public comment from a parent and teacher, who urged the board to consider the needs of all school staff, not just teachers. The board then voted to begin negotiations.