This is part of a series of interviews that KQED has conducted with all three San Francisco school board members facing recall elections in February.
“3 members of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education will be facing a recall vote in February. The special election encompasses a whole host of polarizing issues in the district: in-person learning, the admissions policy at Lowell High School, the effort to rename schools, a series of 2016 tweets by Commissioner Alison Collins, and more.
SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – African American students at a prestigious high school in San Francisco staged a rally on Friday to address the school’s racist culture.
“Recently, the San Francisco Board of Education approved an equity resolution that established a committee focused on creating inclusive curriculum. This could include lessons about black American mathematicians and women in computer science — or about the newest use of a very old part of speech.
“Sometimes it’s not just the splashy, controversial things we do to move education forward. More often it’s the slower, determined everyday work that make historic changes for our students.
“In effect, we have certain charters in our district that we didn’t agree on and they did not meet our standard and yet we have to house them in our buildings,” Collins said. “Charters are circumventing local control. We have very little power over fixing things and holding them accountable.”
“Collins said that efforts to articulate and expand an equity and social justice-based ethnic studies curriculum — which is currently offered as a series of elective courses at the ninth grade level only — have been underway in recent years, but lack the resources, “operational structures and mechanisms” for implementation…
by Alison Collins on July 26, 2019 on Medium “By now, you’ve probably heard something about the SF School Board’s historic decision to remove the offensive murals at Washington High School.
by Alison Collins on May 30, 2019 on Medium Last night we, Commissioners Lopez and Collins, presented a resolution to increase arts learning and access in SFUSD. This resolution would provide a
“Regardless of whoever wins, I’m excited to be doing the work, we’ve been campaigning for a long time and I want to get busy and create change in schools,” said Collins, who watched the results at an event hosted by the San Francisco Democratic Party in the South of Market neighborhood. “I’m going to keep doing it whether I do it on the board or in another capacity.”