Our community's #1 priority this year is to bring algebra back for SF's 8th graders.
* We created a map
showing which bay area school districts give kids the opportunity to take algebra in 7th or 8th grade, so people can see which kids have access to opportunity... and which kids don't.
* We created flyers explaining the problem, and talked with voters at the farmers' market
. (This is the most popular issue we've ever worked on.)
* We started a petition to bring algebra back
to middle school, gathered 2300 signatures
in less than 30 days, and sent the petition to our school board. The Superintendent admitted that our current math pathways aren't working, and the district has created a committee on algebra. The school board will vote on algebra February 13... but even if they vote for algebra, please support Prop G to ensure that it actually gets done. (The school board voted for neighborhood schools six years ago... and we still don't have them.)
* We are supporting Supervisor Joel Engardio's Prop G to bring algebra back
. This measure puts algebra on the March 5 ballot, letting voters send a message about the kind of educational opportunities they'd like for SF's children.
* We've been organizing supporters to speak at public meetings in support of algebra. Along with Rex Ridgeway, Maya Keshevan, and other advocates, we spoke at the Board of Supervisors
meeting where the measure was introduced, and held a press conference before speaking at the Rules Committee meeting. The Supervisors put the measure on the ballot with a 10-1 vote.
* We are keeping parents, teachers, and other community members informed about algebra via our Facebook group
and our newsletter