Friends, it has been twenty-four years since I was first elected to the San Francisco School Board. I am proud of many of the great things that we have done in that time. Our school district is the highest achieving urban school district in California, with test scores above the state as a whole.
Our children now have art and music, physical education, sports, librarians, social workers, nurses and other support professionals. Community school programs bring a wealth of health, recreation, counseling and support services to our kids and their families. Our Arts Education Master Plan is respected and envied around the world. We are leaders in the important evolution to replace punitive discipline with restorative practices. We have instituted a Weighted Student Formula and Site-Based Budgeting. Most importantly, we are in the forefront of changing our instructional strategies to a more rigorous and meaningful one for the twenty-first century.
We continue to work on our equity agenda to make high achievement that leads to success in life possible for each and every one of our students.
Now I am excited to begin another four years and to lead us to new and exciting level of achievement and joy for our students. I want to see our After-School for All initiative completed so that every student has an after-school program at his own school.
And, we are poised to pass Prop A, the local school bond, that will fund $100 million for our new Arts Center and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
Now we can start out capital campaign and raise the rest of the money privately to realize Ruth Asawa and our dream of the best public arts high school in the country. I want to be here to put the shovel in the ground and, just maybe, cut the ribbon as a school board member.
I need your help. I need to raise $50,000 for a successful campaign. Please make as large a donation as you can afford. And, get in touch if you can help me, or I can help you.
My eternal thanks to all for your friendship and support. Jill