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  • Sandra Halladey
    I hope that Parents for Public Schools is of interest to members of this group. PPS-SF launched in September 1999 to bring the PPS brand of parent activism to
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 16, 2000
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      I hope that Parents for Public Schools is of interest to members of this
      group.
      PPS-SF launched in September 1999 to bring the PPS brand of parent
      activism
      to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Over the past
      year,
      PPS-SF has made progress toward achieving its goals by successfully
      organizing parents as leaders in our school district. In PPS-SF’s short

      existence we have a growing membership of active parents. Being part of
      a
      national organization has helped the San Francisco chapter hit the
      ground
      running! www.parents4publicschools.com

      PPS-SF
      is fostering active parent involvement and decision-making in our school

      community. Our first actions involved encouraging families to enroll in
      our
      San Francisco public schools while at the same time clarifying the
      cumbersome application process. We were tired of hearing the
      misconception
      that there were only a few good schools in San Francisco, so we embarked

      upon a campaign to help families think about what makes a good school
      and to
      help them look at the less well known schools. We encourage parents to
      get
      involved with their local public school when their children were still
      in
      preschool!

      Through our events at community elementary schools, PPS-SF provided
      information to parents about the district assignment process, how to
      choose
      a school and how to prepare your child for kindergarten. These
      informative
      events provided an opportunity for parents to meet, organize and build a

      membership of parent leaders. We have also produced flyers, bus
      posters,
      bookmarks and advertisements in three languages (English, Spanish and
      Chinese) informing families about the need to register for school. A
      second ad campaign promoting school reform targeted for neighborhood
      newspapers ran in early Spring 2000.

      Over the coming year, PPS will continue its efforts to reach and involve

      under-represented parents who are overwhelmingly from communities of
      color
      and economically disadvantaged, and to recruit parents that might
      otherwise
      abandon public schools or leave the district. PPS-SF will strengthen
      its
      collaborations by continuing to work with various parent advocacy groups
      in
      S.F. to move beyond special interests towards a common interest of
      improving
      public education for all children.

      We want families to know that as owners of our public schools, we do
      have a
      say in the
      our children’s education and that we have a critical role to play. We
      are
      proactive and solution-oriented. As Adlai Stevenson said of Eleanor
      Roosevelt: PPS-SF “would rather light a candle than curse the
      darkness". We
      hope you will join us!

      Call (415)642-6260 or email zacharin@...
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