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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    🗳️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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    🌊 Breaking News: Endorsement of Local, State and National Orgs! 🌊

    With polls opening this Monday, the 8th of October, we have gotten endorsements from local orgs like BiPol, the first and oldest bisexual political organization based in the Bay Area gave our campaign it's sole endorsement, statewide organizations like Evolve Californiawhich works to increase education funding and to reform Proposition 13 through closing the corporate tax loophole, and national organizations like Trans United Fund, which is committed to building the political power of trans and gender expansive communities across the nation. 

    The San Francisco November 2018 Voter Information Pamphlet is online NOW! I am on page 47, and I feel pretty awesome about being myself without pretense. As a parent and educator I always want to be a role model for my kids. I pick up my son after school every day, I go to my daughter's softball games, and we try to have dinner at the family table even with PTA and committee meetings.

    These are things that working families deal with every day in San Francisco. How to schedule our lives around school drop-off and pick up times, sports games, and no matter what a school calls parent boards there will always be committee meetings. As I say in my statement, "I’ll bring my whole self to the challenges and opportunities around the assignment process, affordable housing, and supporting healthy school communities for all students." This isn't just printing on a page, because words still matter to our families, and we need people like myself to step up to the challenge. 

    With just over a month left in this election please join the wave of support for my campaign by donating whatever you can to help from $25 to $500, sponsor a house party, fundraising event, or volunteer for the campaign in another way. We need transparent leadership, people who see problems, and find the way to fix them in new and innovative ways. For more information about my campaign visit my site, and you can also keep up with us on Twitter or Facebook.

    With appreciation,

    Martin Rawlings-Fein



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