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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Mayoral candidate and Senator Leland Yee unveiled his policy plan to strengthen San Francisco’s public schools. The plan, entitled “It Takes a Community,” contains 22 specific commitments that Yee will embark on as Mayor to address the underlying problems facing the city’s school system and to help turn around public education within San Francisco.

Yee – the only candidate to attend San Francisco public schools as well as send his four children to public schools – unveiled his plan today along side teachers, parents and former students at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School (formerly Commodore Stockton School), where Yee was a student as a young child.

Yee’s plan includes policies to provide affordable housing for teachers, time off for parents to participate, free Muni for low-income students, community services through school programs, and more college savings accounts.

“The best way to keep families in San Francisco is to improve public education,” said Yee. “A fully engaged and committed Mayor, who works in partnership with the school district, teachers, and parents, can make a real difference. This 22 point plan will not only help our kids, but will help our entire community and improve our economy.”

Yee began his political career as member of the San Francisco Board of Education in 1988.  Prior to serving as a Commissioner, Yee was an educator and child psychologist in the public schools. As a state legislator, Yee has fought for students and teachers – from authoring legislation to increase mental health services to voting against budget cuts to education.

As a result of his experience and commitment to public education, Yee is endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco, California School Employees Association, and the California Nurses Association.

Yee has also been honored as the “Legislator of the Year” by the California Association of School Psychologists, California School Nutrition Association, California School Employees Association, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Associated Students of the University of California, and the California Faculty Association, among others.

“Leland Yee has been a child psychologist, a teacher in the classroom, and will always be an educator in his heart,” said Kim-Shree Maufas, Board of Education Commissioner. “He's one of us, he's been there for us, and he's the mayor who will be best for our schools.”

“Yee’s plan for schools demonstrates his commitment to education,” said Dennis Kelly, President of the United Educators of San Francisco. “San Francisco Teachers trust Leland to prioritize our kids and schools and we are proud to support Leland Yee for Mayor.”

The highlights of Yee’s plan include:


  1. Increase student success with wrap-around “community school” services
  2. Prioritize underperforming schools for community school reforms
  3. Reduce truancy and dropout rates, and expand programs for at-risk youth
  4. Free Muni for public school kids
  5. Promote school-based healthcare services for the entire family
  6. Expand nutrition education to improve healthy eating at home
  7. Bridge the digital divide
  8. Make college a goal for every student
  9. Make the Dream Act a reality
  10. Improve language proficiency for all students


  1. Expand teacher recognition and incentive programs
  2. Teacher Power: appoint educators to city boards and commissions
  3. Develop the best future educators by recruiting the best college graduates
  4. Real affordable housing for educators
  5. Help teachers pay for classroom materials


  1. Create network of community partners to expand reach of wrap-around services
  2. Expand and formalize partnerships with universities to share space, service-learning opportunities, and align strategic plans
  3. Expand partnerships with businesses to ensure college and career connectivity
  4. Create alliance of school and parent advocacy groups to improve connectivity and collaboration


  1. Time off to attend school functions and parent-teacher conferences
  2. Support and promote the SFUSD Parent Engagement and Partnership Plan
  3. Community school wrap-around services for parents

To read Yee's entire plan, visit


Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine, and his mother was a local seamstress. Yee graduated from the University of California – Berkeley, then earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology, and later served in various mental health and school settings. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools. Yee has served in the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.


Originally posted to Leland Yee on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 06:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Stop supporting shark finning Leland n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    R Rhino from CT4

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 06:26:22 PM PDT

  •  A suggestion (6+ / 0-)

    if you are Yee, stop writing in the third person, nsfbr finds it creepy.

    If you are not Yee, but a staffer, say so.

    Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes. - PJ Crowley

    by nsfbr on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 06:36:48 PM PDT

  •  The issue with CA public education (1+ / 0-)
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    is that is, at this point, beyond the capability of any one community to address.  

    Since its Nation leading status in the 1970's CA public education has declined ever since.  Due to endless referendums, state legislative gridlock and a Real Estate tax system that takes in local real estate taxes (which are supposed to fund local education among other things), pushes them to the state level and then redistribute them back to localities based on a formula devised in the late 70's based on Prop 13 guidelines.

    While Mr Yee's goals are noble, he and San Francisco have no control over achieving most of them.

    FYI, lived in Cupertino for 5 years, late 90's early 2ks.  The Edu funding was based on a population level that was 5x less than what it was when we lived there. Am not sniping from Mass.

    Best of luck

    Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    by EdMass on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 07:12:36 PM PDT

  •  Sir, with all due respect, have more respect for (2+ / 0-)
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    joeschmeaux, erush1345

    our community than to just use us as a bulletin board to copy/paste your press releases. Interact with us. Write something genuine either by you or a staffer. Don't just copy and paste a press release and click post.

    We'd appreciate it.

    Follow me on Facebook for up-to-date weather news 'n' junk.

    by weatherdude on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 07:33:56 PM PDT

  •  I sincerely hope that the Yee campaign (2+ / 0-)
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    joeschmeaux, erush1345

    has paid Markos for this...

    Because it's an ad, and around here, ads cost money.

    Note to candidates:

    DailyKos and other political forums are not here to provide free advertising space for your campaign. Using them as such is likely to get you exactly the opposite of the response you're hoping for.

    Dropping a drive-by press release, without comment or engagement, and in the third person no less, is mostly going to piss us off. If you're not planning to interact, buy a damned billboard.


    "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
    "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

    by Leftie Gunner on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 07:56:01 PM PDT

  •  the funding is not and will not be there (0+ / 0-)

    There is no money at the local level.  San Francisco is mostly composed of childless people who are more interested in medical research than schools, and in any event, Prop 13 starved the tax base.  

    (Prop 13 means that longtime residents pay little toward local budgets and so just don't care.  It is a disaster.)

    At the state level, there will be no funding either.

    The state needs more revenue (both the car tax and property taxes need a step up), but the Republicans will not support any tax increases, and they may lose their 1/3+1 blocking minority in the state senate, but the new districts probably won't cost them the 1/3+1 in the assembly.  So there will be no new revenues.

    On the spending side at the state level,  the money is all going to be eaten up in pensions and prison worker salaries.

    If you shout "shame, shame" when people propose cutting pension spiking and prison guard pay, then there will be no more money for San Francisco schools.

    And you did say people who wanted to rein in the pension spending at the state level should be ashamed, didn't you, Mr. Yee?

    So I don't see how you can do any of this.

  •  I will read it more closely later (0+ / 0-)

    but at first glance I see a lot that I like in here.

    We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    by denise b on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 10:38:39 PM PDT

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