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(a) Charter Section 16.127-2 creates the Our Children, Our Families Council ("the Council"). Additional Charter sections set out the composition and the powers and duties of the Council. Charter Section 16.127-7 states that the Board of Supervisors shall, by ordinance, further provide for the membership, structure, functions and support of the Council.
(b) In order to advance a Citywide vision centered on the needs of children, youth, and families, City leaders and departments, the San Francisco Unified School District ("SFUSD"), and community partners must come together to coordinate their efforts across agencies and develop a strategy for achieving shared goals. The purpose of the Children and Families Plan to be developed by the Council will be to create an aligned and connected system of programs and services, in order to strengthen the City's ability to best serve children, youth and their families, with the specific goals of promoting coordination among and increased accessibility to such programs and services, and enhancing their overall effectiveness. In order to ensure that all children and youth in every neighborhood, especially those neighborhoods with the greatest needs, have access to the resources to achieve, the Council will be responsible for developing a Citywide vision, Citywide shared priorities, Citywide program goals, and Citywide best practices for addressing those needs.
(a) The Mayor shall be a voting member of the Council.
(b) The Mayor shall appoint the heads of the following City departments to serve by virtue of their offices as voting members of the Council:
(1) Children, Youth and Their Families;
(2) Public Health;
(3) General Services Agency;
(4) Human Services Agency;
(5) Juvenile Probation;
(6) Mayor's Office of Early Care and Education;
(7) Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development;
(8) Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development;
(9) Municipal Transportation Authority;
(12) Public Library; and,
(13) Recreation and Parks.
If any of these departments or agencies are later eliminated or reorganized, the Mayor may appoint to the Council the head of a successor department or agency.
(a) The Mayor shall invite the Superintendent of Schools for the SFUSD ("the Superintendent") to serve as a voting member of the Council.
(b) The Mayor shall invite the Superintendent to nominate the heads of appropriate divisions of the SFUSD to serve by virtue of their offices as voting members of the Council, including:
(1) Student Family and Community Support;
(2) Early Education;
(3) Elementary Schools;
(4) Secondary Schools;
(5) Chief Academic Officer;
(6) Special Education Services;
(7) Policy and Operations; and,
(8) Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice.
If any of these divisions are later eliminated or re-organized, the Superintendent may nominate the head of a successor division.
(c) The Superintendent may nominate the heads of other divisions or other School District staff as he or she deems appropriate, for a total not to exceed 14 School District members, including the Superintendent.
(d) The Mayor shall appoint to the Council the persons nominated by the Superintendent pursuant to this Section 102.3.
(a) The Mayor shall appoint 14 people to serve as voting members of the Council, as follows:
(1) Public Seat 1: A member of the Department of Youth, Children, and Their Families Oversight and Advisory Committee. The Oversight and Advisory Committee shall recommend up to three candidates to the Mayor;
(2) Public Seat 2: A parent or guardian of a youth, which youth, at the time of the member's appointment for the term, is enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade at a school in San Francisco. This member shall be actively engaged in or connected to a group or advocacy network supporting parents or early care and education, or have demonstrated commitment to improving access to and quality of services for children, youth, and families;
(3) Public Seat 3: A member of the Office of Early Care and Education Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee shall recommend up to three candidates to the Mayor;
(4) Public Seat 4: A parent or guardian of a youth, which youth, at the time of the member's appointment for the term, is receiving early care and education services, which services are generally for children ages zero to five years, and which parent or guardian is also actively engaged in or connected to a group or advocacy network supporting parents or early care and education;
(5) Public Seat 5: A member of the Board of Education's Public Education Enrichment Fund Citizen Advisory Committee. The Citizen Advisory Committee shall recommend up to three candidates to the Mayor;
(6) Public Seat 6: A youth 19 years old or younger at the time of appointment for the term, recommended to the Mayor by the School District Student Advisory Council. Because this Committee member may be younger than 18 years at the time of appointment, this member is not subject to the requirement of Charter Section 4.101(a)(2) that members be electors of the City and County unless and until the member reaches the age of 18 years;
(7) Public Seat 7: A person who works as a service provider delivering services to children, youth, and families in San Francisco, with a preference for service providers working with low-income communities. This member shall be actively engaged in or connected to a group or advocacy network supporting services for children, youth and families;
(8) Public Seat 8: A youth 19 years old or younger at the time of appointment for the term, recommended to the Mayor by the Youth Commission. Because this Committee member may be younger than 18 years at the time of appointment, this member is not subject to the requirement of Charter Section 4.101(a)(2) that members be electors of the City and County unless and until the member reaches the age of 18 years;
(9) Public Seat 9: A person representing a business community or network which business community or network has demonstrated a commitment to solving issues related to children, youth, and families in San Francisco;
(10) Public Seat 10: A person with expertise or substantial experience in the field of housing development or housing advocacy in San Francisco;
(11) Public Seat 11: A person representing a philanthropic organization, foundation, or network;
(12) Public Seat 12: A person with expertise or substantial experience in the field of economic and workforce development in San Francisco;
(13) Public Seat 13: An executive of an institution of higher education which institution has demonstrated a commitment to solving issues related to children, youth, and families in San Francisco; and,
(14) Public Seat 14: A person who is a Disconnected Transitional-Aged Youth, as that term is used in Charter Section 16.108, 18 through 24 years of age at the time of appointment for the term, and who is familiar with the issues and challenges faced by Disconnected Transitional-Aged Youth and with services, programs, and systems for them. This member shall be actively engaged in or connected to a group or advocacy network supporting services for Disconnected Transitional-Aged Youth.
(b) The term for public members shall be two years, except that members initially appointed to odd-numbered seats Public Seats shall serve for three years; thereafter, all terms for public members shall be two years. Terms of the initial public members shall commence on the date of the first Council meeting. Any public member whom the Council certifies to have missed two regularly scheduled meetings of the Council in any 12-month period without the express permission of the Commission given at a regularly scheduled meeting will be deemed to have resigned from the Council effective on the date of the written certification of the Council. All public members shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
(c) No person may serve more than two consecutive terms as a public member on the Council. For the purpose of this term limit, serving more than half of a term shall count as serving a full term on the Council.
(d) The Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families' Youth Advisory Council shall provide support to the Council members in Public Seats 6, 8 and 14.
(e) The Mayor shall invite the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Supervisors, and the Board of Education to recommend candidates for the Public Seats.
(a) The Council shall meet at least three times each fiscal year. To the extent feasible, the Council shall hold those meetings at equal intervals during the year.
(b) The Mayor shall appoint the initial members of the Council by June 30, 2015. The Mayor shall invite the Superintendent to nominate the initial School District members by May 30, 2015. Groups given the authority to recommend public members as provided in Section 102.4 shall make their initial recommendations by May 30, 2015. The Mayor shall make the appointment process as open and transparent as possible.
(a) The functions and duties of the Council shall be as provided in Charter Section 16.127-5.
(b) The Council shall determine and establish working groups to assist in the performance of its functions and duties. The Mayor may invite additional City and School District staff, and community members, to participate in the working groups. The Council shall consider establishing initial working groups in areas such as, but not limited to, education, health, safety, and housing. Working groups may also address data-driven issues such as: closing the achievement gap; increasing economic mobility; improving transit and street safety; and increasing housing stability.
(c) Charter Section 16.127-6(c) makes it the policy of the City to provide sufficient funding and administrative support for the Council and Council Staff to perform their functions. Charter Section 16.127-6(a) provides that subject to the fiscal and budgetary provisions of the Charter, the City shall provide staff to the Council ("Council Staff'') for administrative, organizational, community outreach, policy, and research support. Funding for Council Staff shall come from the General Fund; provided, however, that SFUSD, participating City departments, and members of the public may provide additional support and contributions. The Mayor's Office shall provide staff and administrative support for the Council.
(a) Charter Section 16.127-5(b) requires the Council to prepare a San Francisco Children and Families Plan ("the Plan") to coordinate services provided to children, youth, and families by City departments, the School District, and community partners, and to maximize support for children, youth, and families in San Francisco.
(b) The Plan shall consider the following elements:
(1) Ease of access for children, youth and families in receiving services;
(2) Educational milestones developed by SFUSD and youth development milestones developed by the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families ("DCYF") and the Council;
(3) Existing and new quality of service benchmarks established by City and SFUSD departments;
(4) Framework for a basic needs infrastructure, including, but not limited to, housing, transit, and job placement resources; and,
(5) Fairness in prioritizing the delivery of services to the children, youth, and families with the most need. The Plan shall also include an equity analysis of services and resources for children, youth, and families.
(c) In preparing the Plan and subsequent updates, the Council shall identify and use relevant success indicators based on data, such as, but not limited to:
(1) The increase in the number of school-aged children and youth (ages 5-18) and the number of children ages 0 to 5 years in San Francisco that are thriving;
(2) The increase in the number of children ages 0 to 5 years enrolled in quality early care and education services, with a focus on children from low-income households;
(3) The increase in the number of graduates of the San Francisco Unified School District who continue on to higher education or the workforce;
(4) The increase in housing stability for families in San Francisco; and,
(5) The increase in the number of families that transition out of poverty in San Francisco.