SF School Board Voter Guide 2022
SF Guardians overwhelmingly voted to endorse
Ann Hsu, Lainie Motamedi, & Lisa Weissman-Ward
In a short few months, they have
* appointed a new superintendent,
* balanced the budget,
* dropped wasteful lawsuits,
* restored merit based admission,
* brought fiscal accountability into board decisions, and
* triggered a cultural change & brand new focus on student outcomes.
This is just the beginning. There is MUCH more work to do to get our schools back on track.
Meet Ann, Lainie, & Lisa
has the steel backbone to demand accountability and the strength to make hard but necessary decisions
Entrepreneur who gets things done
Chaired bond oversight committee
Mom of kids in SFUSD
knows how to build processes to make large organizations work, and has a knack for tracking down waste & inefficiency
Co-chaired PEEF committee
Mom of kids in SFUSD
has the deep empathy and understanding needed to bring the community along
Stanford professor & lawyer for immigrants
Mom of kids in SFUSD
Why not vote for the other candidates?
Check out this chart of the six candidates in the race ---
it shows why it's SO important to keep Ann, Lainie, and Lisa in office.
Right now we have a 1-vote majority on the school board. If we lose even one seat, we'll be headed right back to the performative politics of the past.
And here's the biggest danger:School board elections are won by the candidates with the best name recognition...
...and recalled school board President Gabriela López is running
to retake her seat.
She's already picked up an endorsement from SF Berniecrats.
Even after her immature tweets
and her embarrassing interview about renaming
Even after her recall by 72% of voters
Even after her recent ethics violations
.If you don't stand with us and vote for ANN * LAINIE * LISA
-- if you vote for Alida Fisher
or Karen Fleshman or only vote for two
of our candidates -- then you're giving López a path back to the school board.
We cannot risk that.Vote ANN * LAINIE * LISA for school board on November 8, and give our kids 4 years of competent, student-focused leadership.
and their answers!
- They'll be up for election in November -- why not wait and vote them out then?
There are three reasons this can’t wait until fall.
1/ Budget crisis. The school board members nearly doubled the budget deficit, to $125 million every year.
They spent bond funds without the required oversight committee, and skipped audits.
Buena Visa Horace Mann was #3 on the list of bond projects the voters approved-- but it disappeared from the list, and no one knows why. (BVHM has rats, dangerous electrical wiring, and falling tiles.)
It’s not clear where all the money went, or why the new elementary school for the Bayview was put on hold.
2/ Learning loss. Our schools were closed longer than any other top 25 city, and as a result our kids have fallen far behind.
This board has not acknowledged learning loss, much less measured it and come up with a plan to address it.
When kids can’t read well by the end of third grade, there’s a downward spiral that leads to higher dropout rates. It's been almost two years. They can't wait.
3/ Superintendent. The board is currently in the process of choosing a new superintendent, and we don’t think good candidates will want to work with this board.
The superintendent will set our district’s course for the next 5-7 years, and this is a time of crisis, so a good candidate is crucial.
Budget crisis, learning loss, superintendent – that’s why we need change NOW.
- You're just trying to overturn the results of the election.
This recall wasn’t started because we didn’t like the results of the election. They’ve been in office for years.
This recall was started when they turned out to be incompetent.
They’ve treated constituents with contempt, doubled the budget deficit to $125m in annual expenses, spent bond money without oversight or audits, and failed to admit that kids fell behind academically during the pandemic— much less have a plan to bring them back up to speed.
The school district is in crisis, and leaving incompetent people in place is hurting our kids.
- $3.25 million is a lot of money!
This board has misspent far more than $3.25 million.
They lost $5+ million in state reopening funds by keeping schools closed.
They doubled the budget deficit, to $125 million.
They spent bond funds without oversight, and skipped audits. Projects were dropped, and no one knows why. And it's not fully clear where the bond money was spent.
- This gives the Mayor too much power.
Yes, she gets to appoint the replacements. We are planning an open process to suggest replacements, and we hope you will participate.
- Billionaires are backing this recall!
Gavin Newsom raised $70 million from very similar people. Should we have voted against his recall?