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Monday, February 20, 2017


Today diversity prevails - our children must be served -
educated, treated with love - never traumatized.

Edward K. Taylor Elementary School was once held in very high esteem - no more.

Today confusion and pandemonium prevails - and parents and children are stressed - enough is enough. The Principal of E. R. Elementary School - Dr. Barbara T. Berman is responsible for the prevailing - fiasco - she must be FIRED.

I kept hearing complaints - and most of the complaints stem - from the present Principal - who seems to like to pick a " fight " - with the teachers, the parents, the parents that represent their children - anyone - even - " the gadfly on the wall ".

More - destroying the " good " - and the wholesome ambience - that Edward R. Elementary School was once known for - all these many years - now ripe with turbulence and divisiveness of the highest order.

The Elementary school that caters to kindergarten to 5th Grade students - is well known by other middle and high schools. The community bordering the school - has always had a good relationship with the school - and more with the parents and children - that belong to our neighborhood - in the Portola District.

Over the years - working with E. R Taylor Elementary School - the other Middle and High Schools in the vicinity - have created a sound model - working as - partners. Now, all this seem to have come to a grinding - halt.

Here is a video taken some years ago - when everything was on track and love and creativity ruled at E. R. Taylor Elementary School"

Edward K. Taylor feeds its student into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy School - a Middle School - which is a few blocks way - a Middle School that use to have its share  of problems - that today is on track. We community members fought to bring that goodness - about.

Recently - at the San Francisco Unified School Board Meeting - many teachers and parents - brought very serious charges against the current Principal - who seems - to be fixated - to destroy the E. R. Elementary School - and all the good it has built up - all these many years.

Known well for its bi-lingual classes in Spanish and Chinese - extracurricular activities - I meet a lot of the students - since the Elementary School - which is located in my neighborhood - 423 Burrows Street - in the well known Portola District neighborhood.

The Portola District has played an important role - even during the 1906 Earthquake - nothing much happened in our neighborhood - and we were able to rally food supplies and feed thousands.

One part build in 1923 and the other 1923 -
today both buildings brought to seismic standards -
having the safety of the children in mind.

Once all White today the diversity of the school

embraces all - and what a joy to see all learn, play, 

and participate in the many activities the school is known for.

Edward R. Elementary has one building that was build around 1923 and the other in 1926 - both building brought to seismic standards - and catering to a diversity of students today. Once all white students.

The recent hearing were painful - once bright and happy students - now suffering - because the Principal - has forsaken the mandated laws and ways - that should bring the Parents, Students, the Teachers, others together.  

The Principal has chosen - divisiveness - bully and ganging of some teachers that have been there for years.

Just listening to the facts - the pain expressed by the parents and teachers too - is overwhelming. I have been to the school many times - and cannot imagine - the harm done by the current Principal - who seems to think she can get away with murder - in broad daylight.

The two schools - E. R. Elementary School that caters to children from kindergarten to 5th Grade - and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Middle School - play an important role - in shaping and forming the minds and hearts of our children.

The diversity of the children attending these two school is amazing - we the community appreciate the hard work of the teachers, the Parents who volunteer, other supporters that care for the children and have - all these many years. One video gives a glimpse of how the Elementary School - operated.

The San Francisco Unified School District - and the President of the SF Unified School District - Shaman Walton - must initiate a process to FIRE the Principal.

This - before the community at large gets involved in demonstrations - and sues the SF Unified School District Board - that loves to talk in circles - and has failed to maintain - standards and more traumatized our children.

I for one - am very upset - years ago - we would arrange and take children from E. R. Elementary to some Parks - and teach them about plants, insects, frogs - vett their young minds - to love plants, trees, frogs - the flora and fauna and more.

Hydra Mendoza all talk less walk.

The Representative for the City and County of San Francisco - sitting on the SF Unified School District Board - which really comes under the State of California - has failed to represent the City and County of San Francisco - having an office at City Hall - more wheeling and deal - her name in Hydra Mendoza.

Our SF Unified School District and its schools are Safe Havens - for our children and their parents -  being a Sanctuary City - and in this particular climate - we must maintain standards - at all levels.

More - be it the City and County of San Francisco - and those entities and partners - linked to the City and County of San Francisco - our SF Unified School District - that receives our benevolent " Rainy Day Funds " - when the SF Unified School District cannot pay their teachers - and for other emergency uses. 

Edward R. Elementary deserves the best - for our children - we adults must step up and rid the Principal who is a cancer - and we cannot permit this cancer to spread - it must be removed - and the children saved from the tumult, pandemonium, and utter confusion.

Today the teachers have left and are leaving  Edward R. Elementary School - which is a shame.

The parents are stressed - other supporters - cannot imagine - why the state of affair - have reached such a stage - San Francisco can do better - nip this nonsense in the bud.

Any way one looks at this situation at hand - our children - more from kindergarten to 5th grade - deserve the best - many of them can be traumatized for years - and I know - the SF Unified School District does not have the money to hire Psychologists nor the Psychiatrists - to address the situation at hand - and bring about - healing.

Our present San Francisco Unified School District Board - for al purposes is a " circus " - we have Board members who are not parents - we have Board Members using the Board - to seek political office - it was done in the past - by some that had values and represented - not most of the present bunch - wannabes.

Edward R. Taylor years ago - when things were better - and joy prevailed as it should be: