About Martin Rawlings-Fein 马文龙

Why Run for School Board?

I am a proud LGBT (bi+ and trans) parent with deep ties to the public school system. I was born and raised in San Jose, Ca, and have been a lifetime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by a single mother, I have three siblings who have since spread out across California and Oregon where my mother finally retired.

I attended exclusively public schools through middle school, and multiple public high schools including Abraham LincolnGunderson  and after moving around during my freshman year I finally ended up at Prospect in Saratoga, CA. When I finally went to college I attended Berkeley City College due to their Program for Adult College Education (PACE) since I was already a working adult at the time and I finished my baccalaureate at New College of California. I went on to earn my master's degree in Jewish Studies through the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union. I had career goals of becoming a rabbi, but then after some deep consideration I decided to run for the San Francisco Board of Education instead.

I have considered running for the San Francisco school board since my daughter began kindergarten, it was then I realized that the system was a shambles, while going through The Assignment Process for the first time. My wife and I called it the parent hazing and the moniker has remained throughout the three times that we have gone through the process. I support revamping the broken assignment process, and through that addressing the root causes of the Achievement Gap, assisting in the timely implementation of the Digital District Plan, and looking at ways that we can support algebraic learning in middle school within the Common Core State Standards.

I would also support revisiting a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program that will truly engage neurodiverse students and bring those families that have left our school communities back to the public schools. I want to support educator salary increases and assist in building solutions to rising housing costs across San Francisco. I also want to create avenues of engagement and communication between faculty, students and parents, and work towards clear communication of positive trans and gender non-conforming policies, including bathroom signage and student rights district-wide.

I hope that you will join me in bringing common sense ideas and progressive values to the San Francisco Board of Education!
Martin Rawlings-Fein
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    🏃 Just 300 Days Left in this Marathon 🏃

    Thank you for being there to help with our fundraising this past month!

    After the final count of all pledges received before the first of the year, we were able to bring $2550 in small grassroots donations!

    I want to thank everyone for their support in that we were able to raise so much in such a small amount of time. We launched our campaign in the middle of the holidays and I couldn’t be prouder of my supporters and volunteers for helping us get to this time and place.

    Now we have a marathon ahead of us as we win one of three open seats in November!

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    ⛄ ❄ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ❄ ⛄

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all--

    Just a sampling of the amazing volunteers who help the campaign run

    I can't tell you how blessed I feel that many of you came out to my kickoff to talk about our schools on Thursday! I am so proud to know all of you, and was amazed by the response to the news articles, as meeting new people is always a pleasure. See pictures from the fabulous event here.

    I talked about my background growing up with strong female role models like my grandmother, who had an 8th grade education, my mother who got her vocational degree raising four children alone and earning of my degree from the GTU in Berkeley as a first generation graduate student. Through it all I found happiness in being an educator. Now after years of being a Jewish educator, an education director, a PTA member and a father of two children in the public school system, I feel I need to move forward and put myself out there to lead our district through winning one of the three open seats in November of 2018.

    As a person from a background of poverty, I often find it hard to make the money ask, but it is an essential conversation to have when running for an office that is not publicly funded. If my friends and family across all my networks were able to donate just $25 we could make well beyond our goal of $10,000 by the end of the year.

    I know that there are also superstars who can donate all the way to $500, which is the limit for my grassroots campaign.

    Even if you can't afford the $25 and want to support this history making election, please share my Facebook page, my donation link and campaign website.

    Let's make history together!

    Martin Rawlings-Fein

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