Aunque todo lo dicho no sea cierto, todo lo cierto no está dicho.

While not all that is said is true, not all that is truth is told.

San Francisco Teachers and staff protest SF Unified School District broken promises.

The San Francisco Unified School District has not adequately addressed the needs of our students and their families, nor provided educators the respect we deserve for bearing the brunt of the crisis at our school sites. We protest San Francisco Unified School District’s default on its agreement to pay the negotiated minimal raise for the month of January. We want immediate action to be taken to address the educator shortage crisis which is closely linked to the housing crisis in San Francisco. April 8, 2016

San Francisco Teachers and staff protest SF Unified School District broken promises.

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Teachers and staff at SF Buena Vista Horace Mann (BVHM), a K–8th grade elementary school in the Mission District, will launch a “work to rule” campaign to protest San Francisco Unified School District’s default on its agreement to pay the negotiated minimal raise for the month of January. Between Monday, April 11th and Friday April 15th, all BVHM staff will only work the contractual hours. Volunteer hours; after-school meetings, committees, and tutorial sessions on these days will be abbreviated, and homework will not be assigned. While committed to providing a quality education to all students the staff announced that the “SFUSD cannot continue to take our generosity for granted and expect us to volunteer hours every day … This is just one of the many promises the District has broken that affects our ability to address the diverse needs of our students.”

Dear BVHM community,

We are reaching out to our families to let everyone know that between Monday, April 11th and Friday April 15th, all BVHM staff will only work our contractual hours, also known as a “work to rule” campaign. After school meetings, committees, and tutorial sessions on these days will be abbreviated, and homework will not be assigned. While we are committed to providing a quality education to our children, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), cannot continue to take our generosity for granted and expect us to volunteer hours every day. As you may know, the District has defaulted on their promise to educators to pay our negotiated minimal raise for the month of January. This is just one of the many promises the District has broken that affects our ability to address the diverse needs of our students.

We are organizing to educate our community about the District’s lack of perspective regarding the needs of teachers and students. We hope this information will encourage families and community members to put pressure on SFUSD to make immediate changes.

What does this mean?

Elementary school staff will work from 9:10am-4:40pm

Middle school staff will work from 8:10am-3:45pm.

These schedules are the hours that we are paid to work according to our contract.

OUR CAMPAIGN DEMANDS THAT THE DISTRICT ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES THAT AFFECT ALL STUDENTS’ EDUCATION:

STAFFING:

District’s inability to retain veteran educators and recruit new, qualified educators (bilingual, special education teachers and aides, and resource specialists).

The District’s lack of preparation for the current staffing crisis in SF. Many positions remain unfilled.

Lack of a sufficient substitute pool (qualified and trained) for teachers and paraprofessionals.

TRAINING:

Little to no training for new staff around behavior management strategies.

No coordination and communication by the District to school sites to implement District initiatives. such as “inclusive practices” for students with IEPs, and “Restorative Practices” for all students.

STUDENT SUPPORT:

No additional resources to support special education staff, or provide mental/socio-emotional health services for all students by the District.

Overworked Resource Specialists and Social Workers, who as a consequence, cannot meet the needs of all the students who require the support.

TEACHER SALARY:

Complete lack of respect by the District for not giving us our negotiated raise in January.

Educators are leaving the District because of the high cost of living in San Francisco.

Educator vacancies destabilize schools.

How you can support:

We count on your solidarity as we fight to maintain our students’ right to a quality education.

1) Please contact SFUSD to express your support: We support Buena Vista Horace Mann educators in “Working to Rule”. Though the $60-80 pay raise may not seem like such a big deal to the District, it is a matter of respect for the educators who do the work in the classroom, especially as the affordability crisis rages out of control.

Superintendent:

Richard A. Carranza

RichardCarranza@sfusd.edu

(415) 241-6121

Board of Education Members:

Matt Haney, President

MattHaney@sfusd.edu

Shamann Walton, VP

ShamannWalton@sfusd.edu

Sandra Lee Fewer

SandraFewer@sfusd.edu

Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell

Hydra.Mendoza@sfusd.edu

Rachel Norton

RachelNorton@sfusd.edu

Jill Wynns

JillWynns@sfusd.edu

Emily M. Murase

EmilyMurase@sfusd.edu

2) Spread the word with the rest of the BVHM community.

3) Help organize a letter-writing campaign or petition to send to the Board of Education.

4) Join us at 24th and Mission at 8am and 9am as we start the school day, and/or at 3:45 and 4:40 in front of the school as we end the day for a rally addressing our demands.

We feel our staff and leadership team have all contributed enormously during this difficult period. However, our focus is on the San Francisco Unified School District which we feel has not adequately addressed the needs of our students and their families, nor provided educators the respect we deserve for bearing the brunt of the crisis at our school sites. We want immediate action to be taken to address the educator shortage crisis which is closely linked to the housing crisis in San Francisco.

Please support Buena Vista Horace Mann teachers and paras by standing with us during our Work to Rule period.

Sincerely,

BVHM Staff

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