Alioto-Pier proposes district elections
for School Board members
School District strategic plan submitted
to Board of Supervisors
District 2 Supervisor, Michela Alioto-Pier. File photo.
February 28, 2006
District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier today proposed a charter
amendment for the November ballot creating district elections
of San Francisco School Board members.
If approved by voters, the measure would required the School
Board to submit a strategic addressing "the (School) District's
most pressing issues" to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The School Board and Board of Supervisors are separate legislative
bodies, although City funding to the School District last year
becme possible through voter approval.
In a prepared statement, Alioto-Pier explained rationale for
"Currently, the seven school board members live in only
three supervisorial districts. That is not citywide representation,"
"Parents need accountability at the neighborhood level.
They need a real voice in their children's education with a priority
on community schools and real choice. District elections provide
parents with a representative who is connected to them."
During the latest round of school closure discussions it became
clear that parents voices are not heard at the District. The District
did not involve parents, and the relevant City departments in
the school closure process.
"School closure decisions should not happen in a vacuum,"
"Schools have an impact on every aspect of our community
-- when we close a school we must look at the entire picture.
For example, the Police Department advised the District against
a school move that put rival gangs within two blocks of each other,
but the District's decision was made. The Police Department's
concerns were ignored."
The legislation also requires the School Board to submit a strategic
plan to the Board of Supervisors. "There are serious, long-term
issues plaguing the District. We need to address them in a comprehensive
fashion with an eye toward maximizing our existing resources."
The plan must address the District's most pressing issues including
enhancing community schooling and ensuring that our children receive
the best education possible, developing a roadmap on how to attract
and retain families while keeping the best teachers in San Francisco.
CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSITION
Describing and setting forth a proposal to the qualified voters
of the City and County of San Francisco to amend the Charter of
the City and County of San Francisco by amending Sections 8.100,
13.101, and 13.102, and adding Section 13.111, to provide for
district elections, term limits, and instant runoff voting for
members of the Board of Education, and by adding Sections 16.123-6A
and 16.123-6B, to require the San Francisco Unified School District
to submit a mission statement and five-year strategic plan and
to participate with the Board of Supervisors in an inter-agency
review board on school openings, mergers, relocations and closures,
as a condition of receiving money from the Public Education Enrichment
The Board of Supervisors hereby submits to the qualified voters
of the City and County, at an election to be held on November
7, 2006, a proposal to amend the Charter of the City and County
by amending Sections 8.100, 13.101, and 13.102, and by adding
Sections 13.111, 16.123 6A, and 16.123-6B, to read as follows:
Note: Additions are single-underline italics Times New Roman.
Deletions are strikethrough italics Times New Roman.
SEC. 8.100. UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(a) The Unified School District shall be under the control and
management of a Board of Education composed of seven members who
shall be elected by district the voters of the Unified School
District. A student representative shall serve on the Board in
accordance with state law. No member of this Board shall be eligible
to serve on the Governing Board of the Community College District.
The compensation for each member shall be $500 per month. The
terms of office in effect for Board members on the date this Charter
is adopted shall continue.
(b) No person elected or appointed as a member of the Board of
Education may serve as such for more than two successive four-year
terms. Any person appointed to the Board of Education to complete
in excess of two years of a four-year term shall be deemed, for
the purpose of this section, to have served one full term. No
person having served two successive four-year terms may serve
as a member of the Board of Education, either by election or appointment,
until at least four years after the expiration of the second successive
term in office. Any member of the Board of Education who resigns
with less than two full years remaining until the expiration of
the term shall be deemed, for the purposes of this section, to
have served a full four-year term.
SEC. 13.101. TERMS OF ELECTIVE OFFICE
Except in the case of an appointment or election to fill a vacancy,
the term of office of each elected officer shall commence at 12:00
noon on the eighth day of January following the date of the election.
Subject to the applicable provisions of Section 13.102, the elected
officers of the City and County shall be elected as follows:
At the general municipal election in 1995 and every fourth year
thereafter, a Mayor, a Sheriff and a District Attorney shall be
At the statewide general election in 1996 and every fourth year
thereafter, four members of the Board of Education and four members
of the Governing Board of the Community College District shall
At the general municipal election in 1997 and every fourth year
thereafter, a City Attorney and a Treasurer shall be elected.
At the statewide primary election in 1998 and every fourth year
thereafter, an Assessor-Recorder and Public Defender shall be
At the statewide general election in 1998 and every fourth year
thereafter, three members of the Board of Education and three
members of the Governing Board of the Community College District
shall be elected.
The election and terms of office of members of the Board of Supervisors
shall be governed by Section 13.110. The election and terms of
office of members of the Board of Education shall be governed
by Sections 13.102 and 13.111.
SEC. 13.102. INSTANT RUNOFF ELECTIONS
(a) For the purposes of this section: (1) a candidate shall be
deemed "continuing" if the candidate has not been eliminated;
(2) a ballot shall be deemed "continuing" if it is not
exhausted; and (3) a ballot shall be deemed "exhausted,"
and not counted in further stages of the tabulation, if all of
the choices have been eliminated or there are no more choices
indicated on the ballot.
If a ranked-choice ballot gives equal rank to two or more candidates,
the ballot shall be declared exhausted when such multiple rankings
are reached. If a voter casts a ranked-choice ballot but skips
a rank, the voter's vote shall be transferred to that voter's
next ranked choice.
(b) The Mayor, Sheriff, District Attorney, City Attorney, Treasurer,
Assessor-Recorder, Public Defender, members of the Board of Education,
and members of the Board of Supervisors shall be elected using
a ranked-choice, or "instant runoff," ballot. The ballot
shall allow voters to rank a number of choices in order of preference
equal to the total number of candidates for each office; provided,
however, if the voting system, vote tabulation system or similar
or related equipment used by the City and County cannot feasibly
accommodate choices equal to the total number of candidates running
for each office, then the Director of Elections may limit the
number of choices a voter may rank to no fewer than three. The
ballot shall in no way interfere with a voter's ability to cast
a vote for a write-in candidate.
(c) If a candidate receives a majority of the first choices,
that candidate shall be declared elected. If no candidate receives
a majority, the candidate who received the fewest first choices
shall be eliminated and each vote cast for that candidate shall
be transferred to the next ranked candidate on that voter's ballot.
If, after this transfer of votes, any candidate has a majority
of the votes from the continuing ballots, that candidate shall
be declared elected.
(d) If no candidate receives a majority of votes from the continuing
ballots after a candidate has been eliminated and his or her votes
have been transferred to the next-ranked candidate, the continuing
candidate with the fewest votes from the continuing ballots shall
be eliminated. All votes cast for that candidate shall be transferred
to the next-ranked continuing candidate on each voter's ballot.
This process of eliminating candidates and transferring their
votes to the next-ranked continuing candidates shall be repeated
until a candidate receives a majority of the votes from the continuing
(e) If the total number of votes of the two or more candidates
credited with the lowest number of votes is less than the number
of votes credited to the candidate with the next highest number
of votes, those candidates with the lowest number of votes shall
be eliminated simultaneously and their votes transferred to the
next-ranked continuing candidate on each ballot in a single counting
(f) A tie between two or more candidates shall be resolved in
accordance with State law.
(g) The Department of Elections shall conduct a voter education
campaign to familiarize voters with the ranked-choice or, "instant
runoff," method of voting.
(h) Any voting system, vote tabulation system, or similar or
related equipment acquired by the City and County shall have the
capability to accommodate this system of ranked-choice, or "instant
(i) Ranked choice, or "instant runoff," balloting shall
be used for the general municipal election in November 2002 and
all subsequent elections. If the Director of Elections certifies
to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor no later than July 1,
2002 that the Department will not be ready to implement ranked-choice
balloting in November 2002, then the City shall begin using ranked-choice,
or "instant runoff," balloting at the November 2003
general municipal election.
If ranked-choice, or "instant runoff," balloting is
not used in November of 202, and no candidate for any elective
office of the City and County, except the Board of Education and
the Governing Board of the Community College District, receives
a majority of the votes cast at an election for such office, the
two candidates receiving the most votes shall qualify to have
their names placed on the ballot for a runoff election held on
the second Tuesday in December of 2002.
SEC. 13.111. ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
(a) Each member of the Board of Education, commencing with the
general municipal election in November, 2008, shall be elected
by the electors within a Board of Education district, and must
have resided in the district in which he or she is elected for
a period of not less than 30 days immediately preceding the date
he or she files a declaration of candidacy for the office of member
of the Board of Education, and must continue to reside therein
during his or her incumbency, and upon ceasing to be such resident
shall be removed from office.
(b) Notwithstanding any provisions of this Section or any other
section of the Charter to the contrary, the respective terms of
office of the members of the Board of Education who shall hold
office on the eighth day of January, 2009, shall expire at 12
o'clock noon on said date and the seven persons elected as members
of the Board of Education at the general election in 2008 shall
succeed to said offices on said eighth day of January, 2009. At
that time, the Director of Elections shall determine by lot whether
the membersof the Board of Education elected from the even- or
odd-numbered Board of Education districts at the general municipal
election in 2008 shall have terms of office expiring at noon on
the eighth day of January, 2011, and which shall have terms of
office expiring at noon on the eighth day of January, 2013. Commencing,
however, with the general municipal election in November, 2010,
the terms of office for members of the Board of Education shall
be four years and shall continue as such thereafter.
Those members of the Board of Education elected at the general
election in 2006, and those first elected at the general election
in 2008 who only serve an initial two-year term, shall not be
deemed to have served a full term for purposes of the term limit
established in Section 8.100(b). However, those members of the
Board of Education elected at the general election in 2006 and
re-elected at the general election in 2008 who only serve an initial
two-year term, shall be deemed to have served a full term for
purposes of the term limit established in Section 8.100(b)
(c) No later than January 1, 2007, the Board of Supervisors shall
provide by ordinance for an independent commission to establish
the district boundary lines, and a process for updating the boundary
lines, if necessary or appropriate, following the dicennial federal
census. The commission shall consist of seven members, four appointed
by the Mayor and three appointed by the Board of Supervisors,
and shall include civic leaders, parents of students, and members
of the community.
SEC. 16.123-6A. MISSION STATEMENT AND STRATEGIC PLAN
(a) No later than February 1 of each year during the term of
this measure, the San Francisco Unified School District shall
submit to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors a mission statement
and five-year strategic plan. The plan shall address the District's
· Enchancing community schooling/school choice;
· Improving academic standards and high schoool matriculation
to 4-year colleges and universities;
· Retaining and attracting children and families to San
· Attracting and retaining the best teachers;
· Decreasing dropout/truancy rates;
· Working with the San Francisco Police Department to
keep gangs out of schools and improve relationships between youth
and the Department;
· Working with the San Francisco Fire Department to incorporate
Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training;
· Developing school facilities and sports fields;
· Developing afterschool and enrichment programs;
· Improving job training and counseling for dropouts;
any other matters that the District deems appropriate or the Mayor
or the Board requests.
(b) The Mayor and the Board of Supervisors may request further
explanation of items included in the strategic plan, and the District
shall respond in a timely manner to such inquiries. The Board
may place appropriations provided for under this measure on reserve
until it has received adequate responses to its inquiries.
SEC. 16.123-6B. INTER AGENCY REVIEW BOARD
(a ) As a condition of receiving any funding under these Sections
16.123-1 et seq., the District must agree to participate with
the City in an inter-agency review board to be established by
ordinance of the Board of Supervisors to consider the opening,
merger, relocation, or closure of a school or schools within the
(b) City members of the review board shall include representatives
of Police, Fire, the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families,
Recreation and Park, Juvenile Probation, the Controller, the Municipal
Railway, and Parking and Traffic. The review board shall be subject
to all requirements of the Brown Act and the City's Sunshine Ordinance.
(c) In order to ensure that the review board recommendations,
if any, will be most useful to the District, such discussions
shall be conducted before the Board of Education takes final action
on any such proposal. The Board of Supervisors may place appropriations
from the Public Education Enrichment Fund on reserve during the
then-current year or in future years if, in the Board's opinion,
the District is not participating in the review agency in good
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
DENNIS J. HERRERA, City Attorney
THOMAS J. OWEN
Deputy City Attorney