Did you know our public schools offer more arts, physical education, librarians and student support services than any other large urban school district in the state?
It’s because San Franciscans believe in quality public schools for all.
Because of local revenue, there is funding for more than 200 arts teachers, librarians and PE teachers, and for school sites to support homeless students.
Last week I told you how our expenses are growing while our revenues are slowing. This is true overall, but for money set aside for the specific purpose of student enrichment programs, SFUSD actually has an additional $4.2 million than the previous school year.
The San Francisco Board of Education recently reviewed and gave the green light to 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.
This fund is credited with bringing numerous educational resources to SFUSD students over the years. Some highlights include:
PEEF funding includes:
Among other things, PEEF funding will help support:
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 the SFUSD represents two-thirds of the total PEEF allocation. The remaining one-third supports universal Pre-K and is managed by San Francisco’s Office of Early Care and Education.
In a state where funding for public education remains relatively meager, San Francisco public school students are the beneficiaries of robust local funding for enrichment. This commitment from S.F. voters is part of what makes our students’ educational experiences so well-rounded.
Learn more about our enrichment programs at http://www.sfusd.edu/en/about-sfusd/voter-initiatives/public-education-enrichment-fund.html
Vincent Matthews is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.