SF school board approves $73.3 million for enrichment programs at city schools

The San Francisco Board of Education Tuesday voted to approve a spending plan that would use $73.3 million of voter-approved funds for a wide variety of programs at city schools.

The Public Education Enrichment Fund Expenditure Plan Proposal for the 2018-2019 school year includes $4.2 million more than the previous school year, which San Francisco Unified School District officials said shows their growing investment in providing targeted programs to students.

Programs expected to benefit from the funding include the African American Achievement Leadership Initiative; Vision 2025, Our Children; Our Families Outcomes Framework; the School Quality Improvement Index; and Impact Learning, Impact Lives. Money will also go to more than 200 art teachers, librarians, and physical education teachers in addition to resources for supporting homeless students.

“The increases in programs and services made possible by the Public Education Enrichment Fund benefit every student in every San Francisco public school,” school district Superintendent Vincent Matthews said in a statement.

“We are immensely grateful to San Francisco voters who have continued to show their support of public education. Thanks to this fund, our public schools offer more arts, physical education, library services and student support than any other large urban school district in the state,” Matthews said.

According to the school district, the fund is credited with allowing the school district to hire more social workers, nurses, credentialed librarians and credentialed physical education teachers at the elementary school level.

Additionally the fund has made it possible for the district to offer more credit recovery courses, allowing students to get back on track and graduate on time.

The Public Education Enrichment Fund was established after San Francisco voters passed a charter amendment in 2004 to use taxpayer money to help supplement the district’s school programs.

In 2014, voters approved to extend the fund through 2041. The $73.3 million granted to the school district represent two-thirds of the total fund allocation. The remaining one-third supports universal Pre-K and is managed by the city’s Office of Early Care and Education, school district officials said.

-Daniel Montes, Bay City News

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