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 Opportunity 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

Editorial: Bold choices for SF school board

Editorial: Bold choices for SF school board

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    One day more! Tomorrow is Election Day!

    Election Day is tomorrow! 

    If you want to help maximize our reach across the city, contact us to get some signs and lit to hand out in the many neighborhoods across San Francisco. 

    This year has been amazing and I feel so blessed to have people come up to me on the Muni, and while canvassing in the Mission, Castro, North Beach, you name it. I have stood on corners, seen and met new friends, and shook hands with what feels like  everyone in San Francisco. 

    Let's keep the momentum going by sharing the SFGovTV TV spot that I did with the League of Women Voters San Francisco. 

    We will win this Election Day with your help! 

    Thank you all,


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    🗳️Only 27 More Days Until Election Day!🗳️

    With polls now open and only 27 more days till Election Day, local orgs like BiPol, the first and oldest bisexual political organization based in the Bay Area, statewide orgs like Evolve California, which works to increase education funding and to reform Proposition 13 through closing the corporate tax loophole, and national orgs like Trans United Fund, which is committed to building the political power of trans and gender expansive communities across the nation, have all given our campaign their endorsements.

    Over the last few days we have seen the uptick of anti-trans violence with 22 trans women and gnc folks being murdered in the past year, our children being treated poorly and left out of active shooter drills for being trans, and as reported in a recent aggregated study with over 110,000 sexual minority youth represented, our bisexual youth were 4 times, and transgender youth are 6 times, more likely than heterosexual peers to attempt suicide.

    As an out bi+ and trans father and educator, I see the writing on the wall. Without folks like Mia and myself stepping up for roles like the Board of Education, we won't see the change that we need in this world. If you are serious about protecting our trans and gender expansive youth, and building a school system that we can all be proud of, then join the wave of support for parent and educator, Martin Rawlings-Fein for School Board in 2018!

    Will you help us with our sprint and commit to volunteer today?

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