Mirkarimi, Ashcraft, and Davis oppose latest round of Western
Addition proposed school closures
January 4, 2006, 6:00 p.m.
Supervisor Mirkarimi, Dei Ashcraft and Sheryl Davis will speak
to the impact of the San Francisco Unified School District's proposed
closures and mergers to six schools in District 5 in a press conference
The 6:00 p.m. event will be held at Ida B. Wells School, located
at 1099 Hayes Street.
Proposed closures disproportionately impact District 5
-- Three of five school closures last year were in District
5 including the District's only middle school.
-- Many of the students affected by last years' closures are
now in schools that are targeted for closure this year.
-- The proposed closures and mergers disproportionately affect
our City's African American community.
-- Area schools have established programs with community support
that are starting to show results (Learning Garden, CPUC volunteer
tutoring, Beacon Center, etc).
--SFUSD's unilateral and arbitrary criteria and process will
impact our kids.
-- There has been no outreach or discussion with families, students,
civic leaders in the affected area.
-- School test scores, size and capacity data are arbitrarily
being used to reduce neighborhood schools.
-- Artificial deadline created to meet self-imposed enrollment
deadlines, not the needs of our students.
Closures would directly affect at-risk students
-- Support services at these schools would be dismantled or
-- The targeted schools have a combined total of eight classes
for special need students.
-- These are the students who most need the stability of their
School environment. These are the students who will be most severely
affected by being forced to move.
Each school closure or merger results in students leaving
the SFUSD Public school system (10% per school by many conservative
-- These losses exacerbate the declining enrollment in the SFUSD.
These losses result in less money coming into the SFUSD.
-- These closures and mergers (and subsequent student losses)
further strengthen the perception of the SFUSD as an inferior
school system, resulting in fewer enrollments in future years
and a continued flight to charter and private schools.
-- We save money in the long run by strengthening our current
schools, keeping our children in school, safe and learning, and
bringing more new Families into the SFUSD instead of forcing them
out of our public schools.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Ida B. Wells School, 1099 Hayes Street
For more information, contact Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, 415-554-7630;
Dei Ashcraft, Beacon Center, 415-749-2714; or, Sheryl Davis, Community