Parents to address SFUSD officials with school funding concerns 

A group of parents wanting San Francisco and the school district to do more to help fund education will address officials Thursday night in hopes of creating more transparency and accountability.

Ten parents will gather at the Congregation Sherith Israel to question San Francisco Unified School District officials including Deputy Superintendent Richard Carranza and Associate Superintendent Kevin Truit as well as City Supervisor Eric Mar, before more than 200 people.

Parent Stacy Pasman, who will speak at the meeting, said there are a number of concerns the public school community has and many don’t feel like their getting answers.

“I’m concerned about how the budget cuts are going to affect the classroom,” she said. “Lord knows what cuts will be coming.”

San Francisco Unified is facing a budget deficit of $27 million. The district issued 300 final layoff notices to administrators, teachers and aides last week.

Pasman, a mother of three, said she will speak directly to Colby Zintl, the executive director of edMatch – a nonprofit that challenges corporations to match funds for public schools. She said edMatch is an untapped resource for San Francisco.

“EdMatch has a clear path to schools they can triple the amount of PTA funds,” she said. “Roughly $6 million is collected annually by PTA’s. There’s no reason the business community couldn’t find the $6 million to match it. It's time to say there’s a place where that money could go.”

Rabbi Julie Saxe Tuller said public schools matter to people in San Francisco and people want more transparency.

“We’re looking to build sense of commitment from ourselves, from the general community of San Francisco and from our partners in the district,” she said. “This is on behalf of all children in San Francisco.”

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregation Sherith Israel, located at 2266 California Street.

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