Neighborhood Services & Recreation Committee Chair
Gavin Newsom hosted Supervisor Leland Yee's attempt to divide the east &
west sides of San Francisco into separate school districts yesterday. It
was interesting to watch the young (34-year-old) rich white boy referee
the attempt by the racist political hack to secede the largely Chinese
western side of the city from the black & brown eastern portion.
8th District supervisor Mark Leno, the city's
smoothest gay politician (and that's saying something), provided a
counterpoint to the Yee rabble-rousing with a resolution proposing that
the School District renounce vivisection. Leno won the round. Yee
couldn't vote & Vice-Chair Leno was joined by Chair Newsom & committee
member Jake McGoldrick, who agreed to send the “unified field” proposal
to the full board for approval. Yee's resolution went forward with no
In 5 hours, you'd think someone who taught a couple of
years for SFUSD might have had an opinion about the competing proposals.
Well, I did and I do.
District juggles to hide its failure
The test scores at SFUSD should be soaring! Most of the
poor scores in any big city district come from poor black & brown
students who often have either no parent or the worst parents
imaginable. Drunken, drugged, dejected, delinquent & often detained in
da pokey … not the best role models. In San Francisco Willie's helped by
forcing thousands of em out of town with his gentrification program. All
the while this is happening, the School District is simply not reporting
thousands of more scores (they're allowed to do that to a certain degree
but SFUSD really pushed it to the max). You'd think their bottom line
would improve. Nope. I can tell you why too.
San Francisco Unified's ghetto schools are the
educational equivalent of the corner of 6th & Market. Out of
control. Be a teacher there. Have a student tell you to "Get fucked!!"
Send him to the office. He comes back in 10 minutes and says the same
thing again. Office later informs you that because the kid is black, you
have to put up with that shit. Reason? Well, they'll sue us for being
racist because more of “them” get expelled than the white or yellow or
brown kids. Result? No learning for any of the class (academic anyway).
Cowardly administrators. Cooked books. Filth? Imagine
places where kids think nothing of urinating in the corner of a
stairwell or rubbing excrement on the bathroom walls. Then they complain
about the condition of the place!! And the district protects them. Makes
money from them cause they get paid by head count. Oh yeah, it's all
Having tried everything but real discipline, the
district now has a hair-brained scheme to bring in thousands of
well-parented, hard-working Asian kids from the Sunset & the Richmond to
hike the overall numbers for the worst schools. No matter if the kids
must travel hours daily, be threatened & abused. Hell no, these schools
get bonuses for bringing up their test scores.
It reeks. But, as usual, I've found a way to be opposed
to both sides. Yee's idea reeks too. It is so blatantly racist you'd
swear it was written by Strom Thurmond & the “separate but equal” gang.
My preference? There's a lot to be said for home
schooling. That's a last, desperate measure. I'd prefer to see the
district exploded into around 300 neighborhood schools that are run on
state charters extended to parents & local citizens. Giant charter
corporations are as bad as huge urban districts, or worse. Smaller is
better in education. At least K-12. Same teachers. Same cooks &
janitors. Same kids. Different result. Really. No district dead wood
padding their statistics at the kids' expense.
Listen, take it from a guy who has taught every color &
income group. There ain't no super race! Give me ANY average kid who
pays attention and at least one supportive parent or guardian & we'll
send that kid to any of the best universities on earth. The San
Francisco School District sucks.
Rumor afloat - call me a liar
An interesting tale appeared amongst my e-mail today & I
cannot resist passing it on. Word is that the Examiner's owners, the
Fang family, has literally put a group of city politicians on the “do
not harm” list. An actual list! Hard to believe? The list ranges from Da
Mayor (there's a shocker) & runs all the way through John Burton, Nancy
Pelosi, and Terence Hallinan, down to Gavin Newsom. I'll run this past a
couple of folks over there whom I've met while we buried our respective
dead over a few stiff drinks & see what I get.
San Francisco FD gets B & A
That means the Fire Department is “Bloated & Arrogant.”
Appearing for the 3rd time before Chair Tony Hall's Rules &
Audits Committee, the Fire Department said that despite the hard times
the rest of the city has fallen upon, they cannot see how they can
possibly cut a single dollar from their budget. Not one buck. Nada.
Can you believe that? Now, I was only a firefighter for
5 years and it was only a small suburban department outside St. Louis,
Missouri. But I did complete the coursework in Fire Technology at the
local junior college on the GI bill & … well, your mechanics don't need
to be firefighters. That's stupid. Your dispatchers & ambulance
personnel don't need to be firefighters. The people who teach first aid
& emergency preparedness classes don't need to be firefighters (although
retired firefighters would be great). The people who take attendance &
work in the office don't need to be firefighters. In San Francisco? They
ALL are. Millions are wasted & that's just the tip of the iceberg. The
department never gave an inch.
I've never seen that before. Hell, even the cops give a
little bit. It's gonna be fun to watch this command staff run over Aaron
Peskin when they drag their money wagon past the Budget Committee. My
guess is Vice-Chair Peskin will wear a little American flag lapel pin
and salute a lot.
Ahhhh, Springtime, sunshine, beautiful people sunbathing
in the parks and a 10,000-page budget to study. It doesn't get much
better than this.
Remember, starting tomorrow, June 1st