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.
It’s our civic duty–it’s time for us to step up.
When our civic commitment to public education is ignited, schools and neighbors will have durable relationships, there will be an increased local investment in schools and school success stories will be celebrated throughout the city.
Our three-year listening tour surfaced three goals
- People want our public schools to be equitably funded. That is, we don’t want some of our children attending schools with inadequate support, while other children attend schools with substantial supplementary private dollars (typically raised by parents).
- People want to hear good stories about public schools. We recognize that our schools face problems, but we also want to celebrate success stories and promote our “faith” in the power of public education.
- People want to feel connected to our public schools, so that our schools don’t exist as “strange islands” in our neighborhoods. We want to realize the win-win potential of schools as neighborhood assets.
PEPS is ready to put this collective vision into action. We launched 2 pilot projects at John Muir and Cleveland Elementary Schools to demonstrate how these 3 goals can be realized in their neighborhoods. 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.
The idea is simple. Neighbors connect to their local public schools with their hearts, minds and pocketbooks and everyone benefits.
PEPS will build bridges between the schools and their neighborhoods that will draw on existing strengths. These connections will create durable mutually-beneficial relationships between the school and neighbors and increase local investment in the schools. The schools will see its neighbors actively supporting them and neighbors will view the school as an asset that is vital to the entire community.