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Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment

Board of Education Members:

Commissioners Rachel Norton (Chair), Stevon Cook, and Mark Sanchez.

Staff Liaison:

Orla O'Keeffe, Chief of Policy and Operations, and Rosina Tong, Executive Director, Educational Placement Center

2018-19 Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Presentations

The Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment is scheduled to meet on March 18, April 15, May 13 and September 16, 2019 to discuss Resolution 189-25A1 Developing a Community Based Student Assignment System for SFUSD. All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street

  • Agenda 
  1. African American Student Recruitment and Increasing Enrollment at Under Enrolled Schools
  2. General Education Transportation Services
  3. Policy Development Timeline

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street

  • Agenda (case studies of other districts, modeling elementary attendance areas)
  • Presentation
Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Committee of the Whole, Board Room, 555 Franklin Street

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street

Various community organizations have provided community feedback in response to the Proposal 189-25A1.

Board of Education’s Theory of Action for Student Assignment

If SFUSD has:

  • student assignment system that is aligned with and supports other initiatives within SFUSD that are designed to create and support diverse enrollments and quality schools in every neighborhood;
  • human capital allocation system that ensures quality teaching and instructional leadership and promotes diversity among the faculty at each school;
  • strong and effective programs that attract a diverse student body and meet the needs of the students within each school;
  • professional development focused on culturally and linguistically responsive instruction and strategies to support integrated learning environments within each school; and
  • an equitable distribution of resources designed to promote and support diverse enrollments and quality schools in every neighborhood;

Then SFUSD can:

  1. reverse the trend of racial isolation and the concentration of underserved students in the same school;
  2. provide equitable access to the range of opportunities available;
  3. provide transparency at every stage of the assignment process;

and this will dramatically accelerate the achievement of those who are currently less academically successful, and increase the achievement of already high performing students.

Board’s Student Assignment Policy Goals (P5101):

  1. Facilitate student diversity within the parameters of current law.
  2. Work in alignment with other initiatives designed to avoid racial isolation and the concentration of underserved students.
  3. Support the strategic use of limited resources to provide PreK-12 program pathways and quality schools in every neighborhood.
  4. Provide equitable access to the range of opportunities available.
  5. Create robust enrollments in all schools.
  6. Be simple, easy to understand, and transparent at every stage.
  7. Offer families a degree of predictability.
  8. Minimize the degree of effort families must invest.
  9. Permit the efficient use of school facilities and transportation.
  10. Be cost effective to implement and sustain overtime.

Each year, the Board of Education’s Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment hosts a series of public working meetings with staff to monitor SFUSD’s student assignment policy.  This page has information about the monitoring process that will occur during the 2017-18 school year.

Additional information can be found via the following links.

2017-18 Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Presentations

During the 2017-18 school year, the Board will host three public working sessions with staff to explore policy questions related to a sustainable student assignment system that’s aligned with Vision 2025.

We invite and encourage families and members of the community to attend these public Board-staff working sessions.  The public is invited to give input at each meeting.  Interpretations in Spanish and Chinese will be provided at each meeting.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room, 555 Franklin Street

  • Provide interconnected strands of student assignment work and team structure, introduce School Portfolio Planning Year 1 and demographers scope of work, and share policy change updates.


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