Bonds Department


Local Funding for Schools

San Franciscans know the value of education, and everyone plays an important role in educating our city’s children. Because of your support, more of our students are flourishing.

Proposition A Bond Program:
Safe, Modern Spaces for Learning

The 2003, 2006, and 2011 Bond Programs authorized the District to issue $1.2 million in bonds to support facility upgrades at 90 schools, including: replacing aging portables with new classroom buildings; making seismic-earthquake upgrades; improving accessibility for disabled students; modernizing classroom interiors and restrooms; upgrading fire and life safety supports; and implementing schoolyard greening programs at 64 elementary schools.

Most recently, the District has authorized that a $744 million facilities bond initiative be placed on the November 2016 ballot. This facilities bond measure will complete seismic safety and modernization projects to make all schools and other district facilities more earthquake safe and energy efficient, build new schools and classrooms to accommodate a growing student population, kickstart development of a new SFUSD Arts Center and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts to preserve and promote music and art in curriculum, invest in technology improvements including installing higher-speed Wi-Fi for all classrooms to enable 21st century learning, maintain and expand the district’s green schoolyards program to 91 school sites, and explore methods for developing affordable housing for teachers.

Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF)
Sports, Libraries, Arts, Music, and Student Support

PEEF (Proposition H) is a City Charter amendment passed by voters in March 2004 that guarantees city funding for public schools and preschools through 2015. The Fund includes support for arts, music, sports, and library programs; provides universal access to preschool; and supports other essential educational programs. Funding is shared by SFUSD and San Francisco First Five.

Quality Teacher and Education Act: Attracting and Retaining the Best Teachers

The Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), approved in 2008, makes San Francisco teacher salaries competitive with those in surrounding school districts; provides financial incentives for teachers to work at schools with historically high turnover and teach in hard-to-fill subject areas such as high school math; increases teacher support while raising teacher accountability; improves academic innovation through research and development; and upgrades school technologies.