School Site Council Meeting Today - 4-5:30pm in the school library - everyone is welcome!
And check the Lost & Found while you’re at the school!
Tell your local supervisor that ERAF money needs to go where it was intended - into our public schools!
San Francisco will receive a windfall of money from the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF). This ERAF money is set aside from local property taxes so that the state can fund our public schools. Because our property tax base here in SF has increased so much over the past few years, we have a $415 million unspent surplus for the City and County of San Francisco. Much of this one-time refund is mandated to be spent on specific things, such as public transit or street trees.
But $181 million will go to the city budget's General Fund — with little restriction on how it's spent.
We are talking more than $1 million per school ($3,348 per student). Imagine that.
This money started out to support our public schools in San Francisco, and that is where it should stay.
Our elected Supervisors and Mayor Breed are already discussing how to allocate the money — only $35 million (8% of the total surplus!) is currently required to go to the schools. The spending decisions will happen in the next few weeks — certainly by early January.
We know that the Supes and Mayor Breed listen when we and the media speak. Please take some time this week to:
1. Tell Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors that we expect this money to go where it was intended. (See below)
2. Spread the word via social and email - encourage your local friends and family to contact them as well. (Post to your own classroom Facebook pages, etc.)
3. Send a message to a reporter, too, because every story will be noted by the deciders.
San Francisco Chronicle’s education reporter: Jill Tucker < @jilltucker or email@example.com >
KQED’s education reporter: Vanessa Rancano < @vanessarancano or firstname.lastname@example.org >
There are contact details, sample text, and a few relevant points below.
We all banded together last summer and won our fight to keep our paraprofessionals at the school where they belonged. Let’s come together now to help secure funding that could transform our schools.
WHO TO CONTACT
Find your supervisor’s contact info: https://sfbos.org
Note: Our local supervisor for New Traditions’ District 5 is Vallie Brown:
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 244
(415) 554-7630 - Voice
(415) 554-7634 - Fax
Mayor London Breed
City Hall, Room 200
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 554-6141
Fax: (415) 554-6160
SAMPLE TWEET/POST (please modify if you have a different district supervisor):
San Francisco's #ERAF funds were intended for the schools and need to be allocated to the schools. Please do the right thing and give the entire unmandated amount to @SFUnified. @LondonBreed #loveyourpublicschools @sfchronicle
SOME POINTS THAT MIGHT BE WORTH RELATING IN YOUR LETTER
San Francisco’s booming economy (which put the money in the fund originally) is built on a highly educated workforce. We should have the best schools in the world in our city.
If the schools received all of the money that is going back into the General Fund, each of our schools would have more than $1 million to spend to improve our students’ education.
Because this is a one-time revenue allocation, the funds need to go to one-time purchases. Our schools are in desperate need of better infrastructure, support, and supplies.
Only 8% of the total windfall is mandated to go to the schools - this is unacceptable for revenues that were raised specifically to support our schools.
Dear Vallie Brown -
As a proud San Francisco parent of a public school student, I was thrilled to see that we were getting such a substantial ERAF refund this year. Such a significant amount of money can be transformative for our schools. Since the ERAF fund was originally set aside for public school education, I’m writing today in strong support of putting the money back where it was intended - to our public schools. The currently mandated $35M is simply not enough - please allocate the entire $181M to SFUSD and transform our kids’ futures.
How you can help right now...
Volunteer to work with your child’s class to make an art piece to sell at the auction! Email Lucy Robinson at email@example.com to get started.
Do you have connections to the catering or restaurant business? We are looking for creative ways to serve great food at the auction!
Do you work someplace interesting (museum, at the airport, on a train, or at an interesting tech company)? Behind-the-scenes tours and unique experiences are super successful items for the live auction.
Perhaps you have a whole mess of airline miles or hotel points you don’t know what to do with. We can combine them with other items to make a cool vacation package - this kind of thing also does well as a live auction item.
Do you have a friend or family member with a house or apartment somewhere interesting (France, Spain, Monterey, SOMA)? Offering a weeklong getaway, or even a few days, is a great live auction item.
Send us your wildest and biggest ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Fundraising for Our School - Two Ways
-Benefit Mobile App-
Have you heard of the Benefit app? You can use it in-store or online at tons of popular retailers - and at no cost to you. Now is an especially great time to try it out, because during the holidays a lot of retailers double the percentage that they give back. Paying with Benefit is faster, safer, and more rewarding than traditional payment methods. Each purchase earns between 2% - 20% of the transaction total that is sent to the cause of your choosing. It’s a super easy app to use - it takes maybe 20 seconds longer to pay with Benefit than with cash or a credit card. Download Benefit for iOS or Benefit for Android today.
-Rainbow Grocery Scrip Card-
Calling all Rainbow Grocery shoppers: Rainbow will donate 10% of your spend back to New Traditions when you shop with a Scrip Card! Please put your name down HERE if you would like the PTA to purchase a Scrip Card on your behalf for $10. You will simply reimburse the PTA for the initial purchase, and from there can add whatever amount you want to the card. Just bring the card with you every time you shop at Rainbow Grocery and use your Scrip Card as the form of payment.
12/20 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)
12/21 (Friday): Last Day of Fall Semester
12/24-1/4: Winter Break (school is closed)
1/7 (Monday): First Day Back at School after Winter Break
1/8 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)
1/9 (Wednesday): SFUSD Application Deadline
1/10 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)
1/17 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)
1/21 (Monday): Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school is closed)
1/24 (Thursday) 4:30-6pm: Greening Committee Meeting
2/5 (Tuesday): Lunar New Year (school is closed)
2/7 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)
2/12 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)
2/13 (Wednesday) 6-8pm: PTA Community Meeting #3 - everyone is welcome!
2/15 (Friday) 9:30-10:30am: Kindergarten Dental Screening
2/18 (Monday): Presidents Day (school is closed)
3/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conference Week
3/8 (Friday): Annual Auction Fundraiser
3/13 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)
3/14 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)
3/25-29: Spring Break (school is closed)
4/4 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)
4/9 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)
4/10 (Wednesday) 6-8pm: PTA Community Meeting #4 - everyone is welcome!
5/2 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)
5/5 (Sunday) 12-4pm: Discovery Festival (upper and lower school yards)
5/16 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)
5/21 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)
5/27 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)
6/4 (Tuesday): Last Day of School
Please tell us if we’ve missed something!
Get Your News In The Den
Do you have the lowdown on an event that you think would be of interest to the New Traditions community? Send it to Amy Millward at email@example.com.