Endorsement Interviews: Kim-Shree Maufas

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Editors note: The Guardian is interviewing candidates for the fall elections, and to give everyone the broadest possible understanding of the issues and our endorsement process, we're posting the sound files of all the interviews on the politics blog. Our endorsements will be coming out Oct. 6th.

Equitable access, restorative justice, parental participation and the achievement gap. Those are the main issues that Kim-Shree Maufas brought up when she sat down with the Guardian to talk about why she is running for re-election to the School Board.

“It’s about education,” Maufas said, as she talked about the need for equitable access and opportunities throughout the San Francisco Unified School District.

In October 2009, the Board voted unanimously to develop a plan to replace some student suspensions with a restorative justice approach. Since then $1 million has come into the district to fund this initiative and those monies are being used to focus on the relationships between teachers and students, Maufas says.
‘The teacher is no longer the person at the chalkboard, handing out assignments,” Maufas said.

Now, Maufas wants to lessen the amount of time that some students—particularly African American, Latino and Samoan students--- spend outside class because they have been sent to the principal's office.
“The most important daytime relationship for these kids is the ones they have at school," Maufas said.

Listen to Maufas talk about why she supports the new assignment process and open AP and honors classes for all, why she is in favor of a bond to raise more money for local schools, and the untold story of how she came to use a SFUSD credit card to pay for some personal expenses.
“The thing is that the Chronicle did not have all the information,” Maufas said.  “They just had the part where I had used the credit card.”

 

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Comments

"open AP and honors classes for all"

I thought you had to be recommended by a teacher or show aptitude to get into honors classes.

Wouldn't opening them to everyone defeat the purpose?

Posted by Barton on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

"The untold story of how she came to use a SFUSD credit card to pay for some personal expenses., “The thing is that the Chronicle did not have all the information,” Maufas said. “They just had the part where I had used the credit card.”

Is this referring to her shoe purchases using the SFUSD credit card, or her daughters' theft of laptops and a credit card?

It is not clear. At what minute in the interview can I hear about this?

Posted by Barton on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

It starts at minute 44.

Kim-Shree says the district had not paid (reimbursements) on money owed to her ($1,700) for more than a year, so she used the card for her own expenses, knowing that the district owed her money.

Uh, okay.

Posted by Barton on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

Is this a joke? She charged up shoes and lattes as a way of getting reimbursement from the school district for other charges she had made earlier - of more shoes and lattes, perhaps? I am sure the school district has a procedure for school board members to follow to get reimbursed for legitimate expeses, and using the district credit card for their personal purchases is not it. This woman needs to follow the same rules that everyone else does and not just make it up as she goes along.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 30, 2010 @ 9:06 am

I don't usually wear tinfoil hats, but Brodkin is running against Maufas and the sound file of HER interview has been "unavailable" for at least three days. Is the Guardian trying to favor one candidate over another?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 30, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

Brodkin has been attracting a lot of interest among parents with children in San Francisco public schools.

Where can I find material about her on the Web?

Posted by Barton on Sep. 01, 2010 @ 6:20 am

She billed the SFUSD for more than $1300 in cab fares at two conferences she attended! That's more than the annual arts budgets of most elementary schools. She needs to be booted off this board... post haste. Just become she makes some social justice statements which are correct isn't an excuse to give a thumbs up to corruption.

Posted by Ginasf on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 7:21 am

"Now, Maufas wants to lessen the amount of time that some students—particularly African American, Latino and Samoan students--- spend outside class because they have been sent to the principal's office.
'The most important daytime relationship for these kids is the ones they have at school," Maufas said.'"

What madness is this? Students who disrupt their classmates' learning or threaten others with their bad behavior need to be sent out of class. It does not matter one bit what their ethnic or racial background or their gender, orientation, etc. Maufas sounds like a terrible candidate.

Posted by Guest icarus12 on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 1:47 pm