School Beat: The View of 2012 for San Francisco Public Schools

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 has the potential to bring relatively big changes to San Francisco’s public schools, due in most part to a November ballot that will be full of interesting and significant choices.

We’ll be voting on four Board of Education seats, a variety of state-wide funding initiatives with huge impacts on schools, a US Senate seat, two House of Representative spots, and of course the presidency of the United States.

In addition to the direct impact of our votes, the elections will no doubt affect the state of federal education policy, specifically the languishing though still corrosive No Child Left Behind (NCLB) fiasco.

The terms of four sitting Board of Education (BOE) Commissioners will expire January of next year. While it’s early days yet, it seems likely that all four of these BOE members will want to return to 555 Franklin Street.

Jill Wynns, the longest serving member, has just been elected President of the California School Boards Association and appears dedicated to staying on the local board, as do Norman Yee, who has several terms behind him and Sandra Fewer and Rachel Norton who are both finishing their first terms. While BOE elections tend to attract a long line of candidates, it’s difficult to imagine these incumbents, should they all choose to run again, losing their positions.

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