Peskin introduces SF Promise legislation

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced legislation Tuesday that will fund first year costs for a college preparatory program aimed at increasing the number of students who receive post-secondary educations.

Previous legislation, introduced by Mayor Gavin Newsom, proposed that the money for the program, SF Promise, be taken from funds put aside by the city for public campaign financing, according to Peskin’s office.

SF Promise is a program that will guarantee a spot at San Francisco State University for all sixth grade students attending public schools in the city.

Peskin stated that he introduced the new resolution, which will pay for the program out of the city’s general fund, so that the campaign fund is not depleted.

San Francisco residents voted to have a public campaign fund in 2000 for supervisor races, and the program has been expanded to include mayoral races. The campaign fund was initiated so that elected officials are accountable to the voters, not to big campaign contributors.

“We don’t have to choose between investing in democracy and investing in our children,’’ Peskin said in a statement. “We can and should support both.’’

The new legislation will be scheduled for a hearing at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee in the coming weeks, according to Peskin’s office.

SF Promise aims to increase state university admission eligibility and graduation rates, increase the number of students who receive post-secondary education and increase the number of students attend California universities from traditionally underrepresented groups.

— Bay City News

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