Tell me when to Go

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The past several months have been a great learning experience serving as Commissioner on the San Francisco Board of Education. We recently selected Dr. Vincent Matthews as our finalist for Superintendent. He’s a fellow native of San Francisco and a graduate of McAteer High School. He’s built a tremendous career as an education leader and has a personal narrative that brings forward what we say we believe is possible with a public school education.

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Getting Settled as a Commissioner

The past several weeks have been eventful to say the least. At the Board of Education, I have started my service on the sub-committee meetings for Rules, Personnel & Labor and Curriculum. We have started to get a better picture of what the budget will look like for FY 2016-2017, and collectively there has been a growing focus on prioritizing salary increases for teachers as well as solutions to provide housing.

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Thurgood Marshall? Who's that??

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I took my team out to lunch at the beginning of the week because it was the last day for one of my employees at Mission Bit. We had a lot of laughs and the discussion turned to the high schools we attended. As it turned out, everyone at the table went to public schools in San Francisco: Mission HS, John O’Connell HS, Lowell HS, and Thurgood Marshall HS.

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A Force to Liberate the Marginalized

“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.

What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.”

Isaiah 58 MSG

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Middle School Redesign, American Carnage & Theo Epstein for DNC Chair

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"What an ironic week in America. We started the week celebrating the legacy of one of the greatest Americans that ever lived in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much has been said, quoted and written about the courage and moral authority Dr. King used to transform America into a more inclusive society." -Commissioner Cook 1/24/2017

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My first week in office, Obama’s Farewell & Put some Respek on his name

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I had my first board meeting January 10th, 2017 and the experience was absolutely fascinating.

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We're official, but the President-Elect is not!

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On Thursday January 5th 2017, I was sworn in as Commissioner of the Board of Education for the San Francisco Unified School District. It was a proud moment for my family, friends and all the longtime educators that have committed their career to serve our community. As a graduate of San Francisco public schools, a current education professional,  along with a failed attempt at running in 2014, being sworn in was an important culmination for me.

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Hope, Service and San Francisco's Black families

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I spent the day visiting my closest friend Leo, his wife Patrice and their son Lathan. To Lathan I'm Uncle Stevon and I'm really proud to call him my nephew. I look at this precious black boy, the life of this beautiful black family, and it really makes me grateful that I have a life filled with such beautiful relationships.

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How to organically break the cycle

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The day started at 6am. I helped secure a shooting location for a local filmmaker in San Francisco, went to see my 1yr old nephew in Berkeley, stayed out there to attend a church service at The Way on University Ave, handled work items to prepare for the launch of Mission Bit's computer programming classes tomorrow and I ran a campaign meeting with my kitchen cabinet.

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Closing the Tech Divide in San Francisco and Around the World

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"The best way to predict the future, is to create it" - Abraham Lincoln

San Francisco is the epicenter of the innovation economy. These 49 square miles that I know and love are considered the premier international gathering place for those looking to impact the world through the latest technology. Many have likened the tech-fueled surge in new residents to the growth the city experienced during the 1849 gold rush, where settlers from all over the world sailed to the city by the bay to strike it rich. It goes to show that our city has long been a place for dreamers, the ambitious, and a place where ideas are tested and brought to fruition.

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