Jane Kim – Opening the Doors of Opportunity
Jane Kim has been a proponent of stronger schools and opportunity for years. And she has the strongest record of advocating – and winning – for students of all ages in San Francisco.
Jane is the only candidate to have served on the Board of Education – and she was chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as President of the Board.
During her tenure, she:
- Worked to provide more resources to help students at risk of not graduating to stay in school.
- Pushed for more funding for art and music programs which both help students learn and keep them engaged.
- Worked to reform in-school discipline which was disproportionately pushing students of color toward expulsion and detention. Instead, she advocated for reforms that would help students stay in school and learn from their mistakes.
- Instituted a new curriculum on ethnic studies.
Her advocacy continued on the Board of Supervisors, most notably her successful push to make City College free for all residents – so lifelong learning opportunities would be opened up for thousands of San Franciscans.
And she’s currently in the midst of pushing for a ballot measure that would provide universal, affordable early childhood education to every family in our city.
As our mayor, she’ll continue these efforts – working to expand learning opportunities for students of all ages. Her priorities will include:
- Working with SFUSD to help fund nurses, mental health counselors, wellness centers and healthy food initiatives because students do much better when they are healthy and supported.
- Funding and implementing a yellow school bus program for all elementary schools so transportation is not such a scheduling ordeal for parents, and so students can get to class safely. And she’ll work to make MUNI free for all children 18 and under so transportation costs are not a barrier to go to school.
- Closing the opportunity gap by supporting afterschool learning and enrichment programs – and of course, funding early childhood education so every child has a great start.
- Working with our partners in the business community to create mentorship and internship programs to help students from historically disadvantaged communities build the relationships that can help lead to good jobs.
Thanks to her strong background, Jane Kim will be the mayor to make education a top priority of City Hall just as it’s been one of her top priorities as Supervisor.