Want to be a member of the SF school board? Recall organizers are asking the public to apply

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Organizers of the effort to oust three San Francisco school board members are asking the public to apply to be on a list of ‘approved candidates’ that the group will present to Mayor London Breed for consideration as part of his upcoming appointments to the advice.

Autumn Looijen, 44, and Siva Raj, 49, two parent co-leads of Recall SF School Board, said Wednesday they want community members to have a say in who will be considered for the school board in San Francisco.

In one one page request, the group asks potential nominees how they would address a number of issues Breed appointees are expected to face filling three seats held by Board Chair Gabriela López and Board Members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga – all of whom were recalled in a landslide special election last week. Moliga resigned shortly after the election.

The recall group’s goal is to provide a “wider pool” of candidates to consider as mayoral appointees, Raj said. The group plans to submit candidates for Breed’s review within days of reviewing applications and conducting a selection process. Breed is expected to book appointments in the coming weeks.

San Francisco Department of Elections certified the results Wednesday, just over a week after the election.

Looijen and Raj said the recall group had a number of conversations with Breed’s office about their efforts to seek “community input” on potential candidates for board member seats. Officials from Breed’s office could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.

“How do you propose to address the learning loss and mental health issues that affect our children? How do you propose to address the budget shortfall affecting our school district? the application asks applicants. “How do you propose to close the educational equity gap in our school district?” How would you approach the Lowell admissions issue? »

The last question in the survey, Looijen said, is crucial. He asks candidates to describe a time when they had to overcome obstacles and “build a coalition to get things done.”

“They have to make some really big budget cuts and it’s going to be really hard to do if they’re not able to bring the community together and say, ‘Hey, this is going to hurt, and I’m sorry, but it’s necessary. said Looijen, pointing to a budget shortfall of $125 million.

Raj said the recall organizers do not expect candidates to be able to articulate specific action plans, but said candidates should be able to approach these complex issues in a way that could “lead to an effective solution”.

“Generally, what the community has wanted are people who can roll up their sleeves and deal with the burning issues of the school board, of which there is no shortage,” Raj said, pointing to the “loss of learning.” children during the coronavirus pandemic. , the district’s budget deficit, the “equity deficit” in education, and the board’s decision to end the merit-based admissions system at Lowell High School.

On Wednesday evening, the callback group received an application and a number of questions from people interested in applying, Raj said. The deadline to complete the group’s application is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Lauren Hernández is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ByLHernandez

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