The Coleman Update • December 8, 2015  

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



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Wed 12-9: Justice for Mario Woods at SF Police Commission Hearing

When: Wednesday December 9th 5pm

Where: SF City Hall Front Steps

Last week, SFPD gunned down 26-year-old Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Video evidence contradicts SFPD’s account of the killing.  Black Lives Matter, APTP, BlackOut, and other groups working against police brutality are calling on the larger community to come out tomorrow to flood the monthly Police Commission hearing, where groups will be delivering immediate community demands. 

Click here for a poster with info for Wed and community demands.

Click here for a facebook event that started last week and is getting updated with upcoming events for Mario Woods.



Thursday 12-10: District Meeting with HR Representatives re Sub Crisis

When: Thursday, 12-10-15 at 4:30

Where: Mission High School (3750 18th St) Room 328A

What: Discuss the substitute teacher crisis with the district and communicate the community’s suggested solutions

Calling all parents, students, educators, and staff! Come out to this meeting on Thursday to share ideas for solutions to the sub crisis with SFUSD District HR representatives. 

San Francisco Public Schools are currently facing a substitute teacher crisis. Frequently, substitute jobs are going unfilled. Schools are left to pick up the pieces. Classrooms are understaffed and overcrowded. There is inadequate staffing and support. Students are wasting time and learning opportunities. This is not only a safety issue, but also an issue of equity. Low-income, higher-needs schools have been disproportionally impacted by this crisis. 

A group of SFUSD educators have been meeting about this issue and came up with the following demands of the district:

  • The SFUSD Human Resources (HR) office deploys to schools all certificated staff from central office, for every unfilled position, until an adequate number of substitutes have been hires
  • Every school is guaranteed site-based sub staffing proportional to their student population
  • HR hires, trains, and maintains a full substitute pool
  • Substitutes are provided for paraprofessionals, secretaries, counselors, nurses, and all other full-time site positions
  • HR hires a full substitute staffing team to review vacancies every morning and find immediate solutions
  • Streamlined system for schools to report substitute no-shows and cancellations, and concerns regarding substitute actions or contract violations

Join us Thursday and weigh in on this critical education equity issue!



Thursday 12/17: SFUSD African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting

WHO: African American Parents Advisory Council (AAPAC)

WHAT: Black Minds Matter – AAPAC Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, December 17th from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: Leola M. Havard Early Education School Auditorium, 1520 Oakdale Avenue

*Dinner and childcare will be provided.

The mission of the AAPAC is to provide a forum to hear the ideas of the San Francisco Unified School District’s African American parent community, and respond to those ideas by educating and informing parents of 11 district resources, policies, and programs. It is our goal to empower the lives of all African American children and families by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for a high quality educational experience for our children. The AAPAC works to develop resources that allow parents to more actively support the academic instruction their children receive and engage with educators and administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District. We aim to lift every parent voice and help less engaged parents find their voice through us. 


Sign the Petition for #NONEWSFJAIL!


Join the chorus of public safety and mental health experts, as well as community advocates who all say #NoNewSFJail. Building a new jail would be a step backward, and would fly in the face of the many alternatives to incarceration that San Francisco's public safety experts have developed. 

The new jail plan was developed nearly a decade ago and does not reflect current needs or our existing inmate population. While some inmates should be moved to a different facility, the jail is at 50 percent capacity, and accordingly there are a multitude of alternatives other than constructing a new jail at a cost of at least $240,000,000 in limited taxpayer resources.

Click here to sign the petition for #NONEWSFJAIL

 In the news:

California schools suspend students at a lower rate, but there's still a racial gap – LA Times (Nov 27)

Dignity in Schools Campaign Opposes Final ESEA Bill that Cuts Back Federal Accountability – DSC (Nov 30) 

Child Care’s Broken Promise: Parent’s Want Solutions – Equal Voice News (Dec 1)

San Francisco DA Calls New Jail Plan Waste of Money, Says More Mental Health Facilities Needed − NBC Bay Area (Dec 2)

The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom – The Atlantic (Dec 2)

University of California pushes back deadline for transfer applications – UofCA (Dec 2)

New census data: Bay Area grappling with poverty, housing costs - San Jose Mercury News (Dec 2)

Hundreds urge justice for man killed by S.F. police – SF Gate (Dec 4)

Underpaid, Overpoliced: Labor Statement on Black Friday 14 Charges Dropped – JWJSF (Dec 4)

Why Are So Many Preschoolers Getting Suspended? – The Atlantic (Dec 7)

One of SF’s toughest schools transformed by the power of meditation – (Dec 8)

Shields for SFPD are not enough, culture of killing must change – SF Examiner (Dec 8) 



12-9: Justice for Mario Woods

12-10: District mtg re SFUSD Sub Crisis

12-17: African American Parent Advisory Council Meeting


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On Saturday, Coleman staff cheered on YMAC's youngest member, Joseph Thomas, and his mother (PMAC leader-organizer Mildred Coffey) 
at the Bay Area All Stars talent show where Joseph won a Grand Prize Trophy for his Michael Jackson-inspired dance routine.  


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