San Francisco Policies for Assigning Students to Schools, Proposition H (November 2011)
If Proposition H is approved, it will become an official policy of the City of San Francisco to encourage San Francisco Unified School District to give the highest priority to assigning each student to the school closest to the student's home.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Proposition H were signed by:
- Chris Miller, Chairman, Students First
- Tami Aviles (Gin)
- Carol Endo
They make these arguments:
- "San Francisco loses many frustrated families every year. This is due largely to the current SAS policies, which do not favor – and in most cases do not even consider – neighborhood proximity when offering seats at overcrowded schools."
- "Imagine living only blocks away from your neighborhood school, and being told your child must attend a school, far from home. Not only does this not make practical sense, it also costs taxpayers more money, causes unnecessary traffic, takes away from family and study time, imposes undue financial and logistical burden for parents (especially with children attending different schools), and makes parent involvement difficult."
- "Passing Prop H will tell the School District and Board that voters want a student assignment system based on quality neighborhood schools for all; that it’s time to bring quality neighborhood schools to all students, rather than telling some students to leave their neighborhood to pursue a quality education. This will enhance the quality of life for all students and residents of San Francisco by reducing travel time, stress, traffic congestion, pollution, and wasted resources for busing, and will allow parents and community to become more involved with their schools."
The question on the ballot:
|PROPOSITION H: "Shall it be City policy to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District to change its student assignment system so that it places the highest priority on assigning each student to the school closest to home, after placing siblings in the same school?"|
Path to the ballot
Proposition H earned its spot on the ballot through the collection of signatures on initiative petitions. 7,168 signatures were required (5% of the total number of people who voted for mayor in 2007).
- November 8, 2011 San Francisco Voter Guide
- Text of Proposition H
- SF Students First, website in favor of Proposition H
- Plan C SF, website favoring Proposition H
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