Jane Kim on Education
Jane Kim began her career as a Community Organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center directing Youth Leadership and Empowerment programs. In 2006, Jane came in first place citywide amongst 15 candidates winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education. She was subsequently elected President of San Francisco Board of Education in 2010. During her time, she worked to close the opportunity gap, established, funded and led restorative justice programs which have cut suspension and expulsion rates at middle and high schools and established ethnic studies as part of high school curriculum.
Public Education Enrichment Fund
In 2014 Jane was the primary author of the reauthorization of the Public Education Enrichment Fund, and co-author of the “Children and Family First” Initiative–a fund which has been responsible for ensuring that San Francisco achieved Universal Pre-K enrollment over the last five years. Over 10 years, San Francisco has funded Pre-K for 25,000 4-year-olds.
Since 2005, PEEF has been the primary funding source implementing SFUSD’s Arts Education Master Plan. Through PEEF, SFUSD has been able to hire K-12 certified visual and performing art teachers, support the K-12 arts coordinator network, maintain Visual and Performing Arts Department administrative infrastructure, hire teachers on special instruction in the Bayview and Mission district schools purchase and repair art supplies districtwide.
High School Enrichment
When Jane served on the School Board, her policy priorities included closing the opportunity gap, reducing suspensions and expulsions, establishing ethnic studies in high school and ensuring a solid pathway to A-G high school graduation.
In 2012, Jane introduced a modest budget supplement to support our sophomores and juniors, disproportionately African American and English Language Learners, who were not on track to graduate. Despite garnering the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner’s editorial endorsement, the appropriation was vetoed. However, she discovered and secured funds owed to SFUSD over years but never disbursed, and due to strong community support, she ultimately secured the largest disbursement to our public schools in the following budget year.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Jane is currently championing and leading the initiative to make City College free for all San Francisco residents. Measure W, on the ballot in November of this year, is a transfer tax on the sale of ultra-luxury property. New revenues will be allocated to make San Francisco the first city in the nation to make community college for all San Francisco residents.