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SF Board of Education approves $73.7M spending plan for enrichment programs

San Francisco (March 16, 2018) - The San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday approved the $73.7 million Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) Expenditure Plan Proposal, which allocates voter-approved funds for sports, libraries, arts, music and other programs in the city's public schools.

The projected spending plan for the 2018-19 school year includes an additional $4.2 million than the previous school year, a reflection of SFUSD's growing investment in targeted programs to improve the educational experiences of all students.

The programs that receive funding address key SFUSD initiatives, including the African American Achievement Leadership Initiative; Vision 2025; Our Children, Our Families Outcomes Framework; the School Quality Improvement Index; and Impact Learning, Impact Lives. There is funding for more than 200 arts teachers, librarians and PE teachers, and for school sites to support homeless students.

"The increases in programs and services made possible by the Public Education Enrichment Fund benefit every student in every San Francisco public school," SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said. "We are immensely grateful to San Francisco voters who have continued to show their support of public education. Thanks to this fund, our public schools offer more arts, physical education, library services and student support than any other large urban school district in the state."

PEEF is credited with bringing numerous educational resources to SFUSD schools over the years. Some highlights include:

  • Prior to PEEF, only 23% of schools were served by a credentialed librarian. As of 2012, 100% of schools are served by a credentialed librarian.
  • Prior to PEEF, there were no credentialed PE teachers serving at the elementary level. The proposed 2018-19 budget includes 46.
  • Because of PEEF, SFUSD's ratio of social workers and nurses to students is smaller than the state average. SFUSD has one social worker or nurse for every 357 students, whereas statewide there is one social worker or nurse for every 1,878 students.
  • PEEF has made it possible for students to get back on track for graduation by greatly increasing access to credit recovery courses. Because of PEEF, the number of credit recovery courses offered since 2012-13 has more than doubled.

PEEF funding includes:

  • $6.8 million for physical education instruction in schools
  • $4.2 million for extracurricular athletics programs
  • $11 million for school libraries
  • $14.7 million for arts and music programs
  • $36.8 million for student, family, and academic supports, including social workers; nurses; Wellness Centers; peer resources; restorative practices; translation and interpretation; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); multilingual pathways; Career Technical Education and ethnic studies

PEEF funding will help support:

  • 46 PE teachers, elementary equipment and support, secondary dollars for sites, fitness labs, special olympics and bike program
  • 375 site athletic coaches, stipends for teams, equipment, uniforms, transportation, athletic trainers and paralympics
  • 72 librarians, books, technology, databases and site allocations
  • 93 arts teachers, site allocations, special programs, instruments and district-wide events

About PEEF

PEEF was established after San Francisco voters passed a charter amendment in 2004 to provide taxpayer money to help supplement programs in the city's public schools. The fund was reauthorized by San Francisco voters in 2014 to extend PEEF through 2041.

The $73.7 million for SFUSD represents two-thirds of the total PEEF allocation. The remaining one-third supports universal prekindergarten and is managed by San Francisco's Office of Early Care and Education.

Read more about the programs that will receive funding support from PEEF.

Page updated on 03/16/18