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Speak for arts education equity at the SFUSD Board of Education

  • SFUSD Board of Education 555 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

***Meet in the lobby of 555 Franklin at 5:40pm for a quick review of talking points.***

San Francisco should be a leader in making sure every student benefits from arts education.

Let’s celebrate Arts Education Month by talking to the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education about the profound importance of arts education and about our contributions as a community of arts providers.

Let’s bring youth and community members to ask that San Francisco endorse the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning to become an Arts Equity District.

Passing the Declaration would be a chance for the board to: 

  • affirm those values, 

  • to demonstrate leadership in a statewide campaign, 

  • to establish an important metric for considering charter schools, and 

  • to provide a tool that students can use when advocating for their own needs.  

(if you don’t see a registration box, you can register on Eventbrite here)

How public comment works at board meetings (thank you PPS-SF!):
There is always an opportunity for public comment at school board meetings.

At regular meetings, speakers may speak to any item being voted on or may give general public comment during the time reserved for "Public Comment on General Matters." Speakers must sign up in advance, either by calling the board office at (415) 241-6493 or filling out a speaker card at the meeting and handing it to the executive assistant to the board who sits next to the podium. Speaker cards must be turned in before the agenda item being spoken to is officially "called."

Members of the public are typically allowed two minutes to speak, but the time given may be shorter if there are a large number of speakers.

We expect to be utilizing the “Public Comment on General Matters” time, but will let you know if we are able to get this issue as an item on the agenda.

Artist: Janie Mendosa, 11th grade, Arcata Arts Institute, Humboldt

Artist: Janie Mendosa, 11th grade, Arcata Arts Institute, Humboldt