Public Engagement for Public Schools (PEPS) envisions a city where civic commitment to public schools is ignited and citizens are fired up and proud of our public schools. We spent over 3 years asking diverse groups of San Franciscans how we can best support our public schools. Through individual interviews and community dialogues, PEPS uncovered 3 goals that everyday San Franciscans want to stand behind:
- 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. In order to thrive, children need the consistent support of warm, caring adults.
- 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 or the surrounding neighborhood.
- Good stories: We want to celebrate success stories and promote the power of public education.
PEPS is putting this collective vision into action. We are demonstrating how these 3 goals can be realized at school sites. We are increasing the number of neighbors that participate in activities on school sites, increasing the local investment in schools, and creating a positive image of schools in their neighborhoods.