Welcome to my special newsletter about ways to change the San Francisco school board and how to get involved. This is update 11.

Our first drive-thru for signing the school board recall petition was a huge success. Nearly 500 people showed up! And 20 volunteers made everything run smoothly.

We’re going to do more drive-thrus to meet demand. Here are the next two dates:

Sunday April 18
11am to 1pm
Eucalyptus Drive in front of Lowell High School

Sunday April 25
11am to 1pm
Eucalyptus Drive in front of Lowell High School

Drive-thru traffic flow map

San Francisco Board of Education

By Joel P. Engardio

An effort is underway to recall three school board commissioners: Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez, and Faauuga Moliga. They are the only three commissioners of seven currently eligible for recall. The rest were recently elected and recall proceedings cannot begin for them until six months into their term.

70,000 verified signatures of San Francisco voters must be delivered to the Department of Elections before September 1 for a recall to qualify for the ballot.

Click here to visit the official school board recall website for instructions on where and how to sign a recall petition. Signatures must…

Welcome to my special newsletter about ways to change the school board and how to get involved. This is update 9.

The official school board recall petitions are ready to sign.

Click here to get a petition.

Download, print, sign, and mail your petition.

FYI: Anything you sign online doesn’t count. There were many online petitions asking for Alison Collins to resign. But the actual recall petition must be signed with pen on paper. The only way to recall the school board is here.

The petitions were approved just when we needed them most.

Reasons to recall I didn’t think…

San Francisco School Board meeting March 2021

Welcome to my special newsletter about ways to change the school board and get involved. This is update 8.

Perspective is the theme of this update. As the school board descends into ever-more chaos and controversy, we must keep perspective on why the call to replace and reform the school board was raised in the first place.

This newsletter covers the following reasons:

  • All the decisions that hindered the ability to safely reopen schools.
  • A profoundly flawed school renaming process that took priority over getting kids back in classrooms.
  • The end of merit-based admissions to Lowell High School, which was…
Atlanta, March 2021. Photo credit: Megan Varner/Getty Images

By Joel P. Engardio

It was another troubling week for Asian Americans.

Monday: Danny Yu Chang was struck in the head and knocked unconscious during his lunch break in downtown San Francisco.

Meredith Willa Dodson with her husband and two kids, ages five and three. Photo credit: Deeksha Prakash

Welcome to my special newsletter about actions to change the school board. This is update 7.

This update includes:

  • The Big Three Actions
  • Q&A with Super Mom Meredith Willa Dodson
  • Head Scratch and Heartbreak from the School Board
  • Communication Links

The goal of this newsletter is to provide information on the ways to reform the school board and give direction on how you can get involved.

Do you have friends who would like this newsletter? Ask them to subscribe here.

Thanks for your support,
Joel Engardio

P.S. This newsletter is also published as a blog post. Click here to read…

KPIX news crew was robbed of its camera at gunpoint near San Francisco’s Twin Peaks.

By Joel P. Engardio

Consider this: a TV news crew reporting on increased crime in a San Francisco neighborhood was robbed of their camera at gunpoint.

Fortunately, no one was injured during this ironic property crime. Yet outrage over the brazen robbery is justified given the string of violent killings in San Francisco recently.

And the numerous attacks on Asian seniors.

We’ve all seen the viral video of the 84-year-old grandfather who was body slammed on the sidewalk and killed on his morning walk. …

Parents rally against school board’s inaction to plan for safely reopening classrooms. Photo credit: CNN

Welcome to my special newsletter about actions to change the school board. This is update 6.

This update includes:

  • Charter Amendment Launch
  • Appointing Vs. Electing School Board
  • Video Profile of Recall Leaders
  • Rally to Open All Schools and Grades Full Time
  • Communication Links

The goal of this newsletter is to provide information on the ways to reform the school board and give direction on how you can get involved. More than 1,500 parents and residents are newsletter subscribers so far.

Do you have friends who would like this newsletter? Ask them to subscribe here.

Thanks for your support,
Joel Engardio

Welcome to my special newsletter about actions to change the school board. This is update 5.

This update includes:

  • The Big Three
  • 7,000 Recall Inspirations
  • Recall Timeline
  • Communication Links

The goal of this newsletter is to bring people together, provide information on all the options to reform the school board, and give direction on how you can get involved. More than 1,500 parents and residents are newsletter subscribers so far.

Do you have friends who would like this newsletter? Ask them to subscribe here.

Thanks for your support,
Joel Engardio

THE BIG THREE A month ago, it was unclear who…

Examples of the 44 public schools in San Francisco slated for a name change because they honor people with troubling histories. A parent advocacy group reviewed the school board’s renaming process and gave it a failing grade for being “deeply flawed.”

By Joel P. Engardio

Are you frustrated by the way San Francisco’s public schools are run but don’t know what to do about it? I’ve heard from many people who are upset that the school board seems more focused on renaming schools than safely reopening them.

Most want to know if the school board can be recalled. Some have asked if we can stop electing the school board in a low information/low turnout race and let the mayor appoint competent school commissioners. I’ve compiled a list of options along with the pros and cons of each.

Tipping Point When school…

Joel Engardio

Forward-thinking + pragmatic Democrat, civil liberties advocate, award-winning journalist, Westside SF homeowner. My local views at www.engardio.com/issues

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