The Coleman Update • April 30, 2015  

A weekly update on issues, policies and actions affecting children, youth and families in San Francisco.



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Click here to check out the amazing timeline of accomplishments Coleman has compiled in honor of our 40th Anniversary!  


Tomorrow is May Day and in San Francisco we have something extra special to celebrate: the San Francisco minimum wage will officially increase as a result of our Prop J victory last fall! It will rise 11% to $12.25 an hour with further annual increases to $15 in 2018, the highest in the country.

San Francisco is also on the forefront of the worker’s rights movement in the country with the tremendous $4 million settlement fought for by the Yank Sing workers and the passage of the landmark Retail Worker Bill of Rights that guarantees new rights for an estimated 40,000 hourly employees. 

Tomorrow, when we are honoring the workers who fought for and won the 8 hour day, let’s also celebrate our homegrown worker struggles and victories of the past year! Join us out in the streets! 



Friday May 1st: Workers Rising for Dignity 

1:30PM - 3:30PMFestival at Civic Center Plaza, SF

3:30PM: March to 24th and Mission

5:00PM - 5:30PM: Closing program at 24th and Mission

Why are we marching?   

• Legalization for undocumented immigrants, stop the deportations

• Uphold workers rights

• Build and defend strong and healthy communities

• End state violence and bring our love ones home from prisons, jails and detention centers

• End U.S. military aggression and policise that force migration

• Support the struggle of Black community

• Support the struggle of Black communities against state-sanctioned violence in the U.S.

RSVP and share on Facebook. This will be a regional march with East Bay folks joining in SF.




Community weighs in on SFUSD priorities at Close the Gap Coalition Forum.


Last Saturday, educators, parents, students, and community activists discussed how we can hold the SFUSD accountable in spending new resources through the state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan, with a particular focus on fully supporting the Safe & Supportive Schools initiative.

The forum was sponsored by the Close the Gap Coalition which includes Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Coleman Advocates, Jobs with Justice, SEIU Local 1021, and United Educators of San Francisco.

Coleman’s Director of Education Policy Christina Canaveral developed the forum agenda with input from our parent members and facilitated the day’s activities. Coleman parent leaders participated in strategy sessions and decision-making processes to come up with a set of recommendations for district budget allocations and policy priorities. 

Priority recommendations that came out of the forum include:

  • Every teacher should be supported in every classroom with a paraprofessional or other support staff, e.g. social worker, literacy coach. This will decrease the adult to student ratio and provide much needed support for teachers and students.
  • Every school should invest in the development of a comprehensive Family Engagement Plan, designed by parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators. An essential component of each plan should be compensation for teachers to carry out consistent and meaningful relationship building efforts/activities with families. 
  • A fully staffed Wellness Space* with wrap around supports – including learning/educational opportunities – at every school. It is essential that when students are removed from the classroom, even for short periods of time, that they are not just going to the “office” but rather are continuing to engage in their learning.

 * Did you know that the first seven Wellness Centers in SFUSD High Schools were launched in 2000, as a direct result of Coleman advocacy?


 5/15:  San Francisco Family Economic Success Forum

When: Friday May 15th 9am to 12pm

Where: San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street (at Mission) 
Lower Level, B-020 & B-040 

How are families in San Francisco faring economically?

How can we support family retention by promoting strategies for families' economic stability, advancement and success?

What Family Economic Success innovations are making a difference?

What new Family Economic Success resources, programs and services can you connect families with? 

In addition to honoring our 2015 Family Economic Success Innovation Awardee - Jobs with Justice San Francisco, we will hear the latest economic data on San Francisco's families, and celebrate the passage of Prop C, which renews guaranteed funding for programs that support children and families.

There will be breakout groups on a number of key topics related to Family Economic Success, including: Data on SF FamiliesPredictable Schedules and Family Friendly Workplace Implementation, and Lessons leaned from Family Economic Success systems change efforts

By participating in this event, you will not only benefit from networking and resource information, but you will also publicly demonstrate your interest and commitment to promote the economic success of families - more important than ever in our rapidly changing City. The more people we bring together around these critical issues, the better!

Please click the link here for more information and to register.Space is limited and advance registration is required, so be sure to reserve your place today for this highly-rated event. 


Fix School Discipline New And Improved Toolkits Available Now!  

Over the past year, Fix School Discipline has worked tirelessly with educators, experts, community and parents to bring you the best and the latest about what is working to fix school discipline and improve student outcomes. The Toolkits are available online in a new, easy-to-read, easy-to-share format.

 Click here for toolkits


Top 5 Not To Miss Tools:

  • How to Integrate Restorative Justice, School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Trauma-Sensitive Strategies
  • Resources to address racial and institutional bias in discipline
  • A highlight on the Good Behavior Game, an in-class social emotional learning tool
  • School policies aimed at stopping the school to prison pipeline by preventing arrests and citations on school campuses
  • Best practices for “school climate” in your Local Control Accountability Plan

San Francisco Rising is Hiring!

Next month, San Francisco Rising (the electoral alliance that Coleman helps to lead along with seven other community based organizations) will engage with thousands of San Francisco voters, educating our communities and identifying solutions for the housing crisis, our unfair property tax system, and the widening gap between rich and poor. Come join the movement!

In the past 3 years, SF Rising has joined with our statewide alliance California Calls to help identify over 600,000 Californians who support meaningful progressive reform -- from 2012’s important tax measure Proposition 30 that provided billions of desperately needed dollars for our schools schools, to last year's Proposition J, which will give raises to 142,00 San Francisco workers and make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2017.

Now, we're looking to hire organizers to build on this work and take SF Rising's vision of an equitable San Francisco to even more people!   We're hiring for multiple positions. Click here for details!


In the News: 

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’, Common Dreams 4/4/15

Economic Disparity Is Seen in California Driver’s License Suspensions, New York Times 4/8/15

Suspension, Restorative Justice and Productive Schools, Wall Street Journal 4/8/15

Filipino families call for more education resources in SFUSD, SF Examiner 4/13/15

Budget Center analysis examining California’s system of state and local taxes, showing that low-income families contribute the largest share of their incomes, California Budget and Policy Center 4/15/15

Study Finds Illegal Immigrants Pay $11.8B in Taxes, The Fiscal Times 4/16/15

We Will Not Be Moved: Tenant Organizing for the Right to the City, 4/17/15

Eviction Crisis 2015: Trends, Impacts, Real Stories, Anti Displacement Coalition 4/21/15

10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of 4/27/15

SF high school grad rate drops below statewide average, SF Examiner 4/28/15 
Schools need overhaul to end implicit racial bias, SF Chronicle 4/29/15



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In this issue: 

SF May Day March

Report Back from SFUSD Accountability Forum

5/15: SF Family Economic Success Forum

New Fix School Discipline Tool Kits

SF Rising is Hiring

In the News

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Coleman staff and leaders at the Dignity in Schools Campaign member convening in Chicago last weekend, in solidary with Baltimore! 


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