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PEPS believes that public education is foundational to democracy and without it, the promise of our country is meaningless. We also believe that broad based public support is essential to a healthy public school system. We provide opportunities for San Franciscans to support public schools with our hearts, minds, money and votes.
We’ve spent over three years asking diverse groups of San Franciscans how we can best support our public schools. Through individual interviews and community dialogues, PEPS uncovered three goals that everyday San Franciscans want to stand behind:
1. Connection. People want to have a relationship to their neighborhood schools so that schools are assets to their neighborhoods as much as neighborhoods are assets to schools.
2. Funding. People want our public schools to be equitably funded so that fundraising at school sites does not depend on the wealth of the parents.
3. Good stories. We want to celebrate success stories and promote the power of public education.
PEPS has launched two pilot projects to demonstrate how these goals can be realized at school sites. The pilots will increase the number of neighbors that participate in activities on school sites, increase the local investment in schools, and create a positive image of the school in its neighborhood. Our project will be successful when San Francisco’s public school communities see neighbors actively supporting them and when neighbors view public schools as vital to the entire community.