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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Board of Education

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Martin Rawlings-Fein

Educator / Parent
12,439 votes (1.52%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I want to work with organizations like Gender Spectrum, a local org which provides trainings on the evolving concept of Gender identity, to train our trainers which will change the way that we interact with all of our students for the better.
  • I am Supportive of Restorative Justice Practices and Positive Behavior Interventions.
  • Affordable family and educator housing needs addressing with coalition building, working with the MOH and their program the Teacher Next Door to both advocate for identifying future sites and duplication of the FSK Annex project process.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator/Parent
Educational Tech Specialist, UCSF (2013–current)
Member, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) — Appointed position (2017–current)
Interim Director of Education, Sha'ar Zahav's School, Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer. (2015–2018)
Systems Administration Manager, UCSF (2007–2013)
Member, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee (LGBTAC) — Appointed position (2006–2010)
Telemedicine Coordinator, UCSF (2006–2007)
Document Delivery Manager, UC Berkeley (2001–2006)

Education

Graduate Theological Union Master in Jewish Studies, Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Texts (2016)
New College of California B.A., Media Studies (2007)

Community Activities

Lead Organizer and Director, Bay Area Bisexual Network (2012–current)
Kol Haneshama: Jewish End of Life Care Community Participant, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (2015–current)
Co-Chair, San Francisco Transgender Empowerment Advocacy and Mentorship (2004–2007)
Publications Director, FTM International (2002–2006)
Co-Chair, FTM International (1999–2006)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mark Leno, Former State Senator & D8 Supervisor
  • Bevan Dufty, BART Board Member & Former D8 Supervisor

Organizations (4)

  • BiPOL, the first and oldest bisexual political organization.
  • The Bay Area Reporter
  • Evolve California
  • Trans United Fund

Elected Officials (2)

  • The current District 8 Supervisor, members of the Education, City College and BART Boards
  • Harry Britt, Former President, Board of Supervisors

Individuals (10)

  • Cecilia Chung, Health Commissioner *
  • Gabriel Haaland, SEIU Local 1021 Political Coordinator *
  • Don Romesburg, Historian and Associate Professor at Sonoma State *
  • Gavin Grimm, Fought in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board *
  • Harry Britt, Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President *
  • Christina Olague, Former D5 Supervisor *
  • Terry Beswick, Executive director at the GLBT Historical Society *
  • Becky Hogue, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee Chair *
  • Nancy Brunn, Educator and Parent *
  • * titles for identification purposes only

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Addressing the Root Causes of the Opportunity Gap

Summary

According to the UCLA Civil Rights Project, America’s schools are currently as economically and racially segregated as they were 50 years ago. Racial segregation is something that we have struggled with for decades with in San Francisco, as are the issues of inadequate housing stock, income insecurity, stagnant wages, and health care gaps. 1

 
According to the UCLA Civil Rights Project, America’s schools are currently as economically and racially segregated as they were 50 years ago. Racial segregation is something that we have struggled with for decades with in San Francisco, as are the issues of inadequate housing stock, income insecurity, stagnant wages, and health care gaps. 1

We need a better way forward as a district. What is needed district wide isn't simple but necessary. We need to establish diverse schools that are truly integrated with students who are non-majority by offering and communicating the ability of choice to communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities early and often. This means revamping the lottery and working across the district to identify the schools that need assistance in creating a stronger school community.

 

Diverse non-majority schools are multicultural education in action, where no one cultural background is more prevalent. Where students learn relevant curriculum that give them a deeper cultural understanding of one another. This multicultural education allows students to learn about the cultures of their peers and create the social bonds that build community. The benefits are not solely for the non-majority student, but the entire student community is bettered by the addition of non-majority populations and possible curriculum changes. 2

According to SFUSD data, for kindergarten 86 percent of families were assigned a school of their choice, compared to 88 percent last year. There are 64 TK-5th and eight TK-8th schools in the district, and 52 percent of families chose one of 17 schools for their first choice. If there are only 17 perceived wonderful schools in the district, then there are at least 57 of the schools with either image problems or real difficulties need the assistance of the district to better their academics and quality, both real and perceived, to become more attractive to those 4,593 families that applied during the lottery. 3

Resources:
1. The UCLA Civil Rights Project (Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles), K-12 Education
2. Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America, Third Edition
edited by John W. Frazier , Eugene L. Tettey-Fio, Norah F. Henry
3. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Data Sheet

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