With 27 years of experience as both a classroom teacher and a principal, Mark Sanchez knows firsthand the challenging issues that face our students, parents, caregivers, and teachers.
Mark began teaching in 1993. While a teacher, he co-founded Teachers 4 Social Justice in 1999, and became the sole teacher on the San Francisco Board of Education in 2000. After serving for 8 years, Mark became a Principal at Buena Vista/ Horace Mann MS for the next 8 years, only leaving it to become a classroom teacher and rejoin the Board of Education, again as the lone educator voice on the school board. Throughout his tenure as an educator, Mark has continuously worked to create quality schools for all of our children and amplify the voices of parents and caregivers, educators and all others working for our students.
Mark was one of the main authors of the March 2004 ballot measure Prop H (PEEF, the Public Education Enrichment Fund) that was resoundingly passed and renewed by the voters in 2014. The Public Education Enrichment Fund provides an annual increase in funding for our schools of $120 million for increased student services, including librarians, nurses and athletic coaches, arts programs, universal Pre-K programs and other needed services for our city’s students. In 2008, as President of the Board of Education, Mark led the board’s efforts both to pass Prop A (QTEA, Quality Teacher and Education Act) and to secure a parcel tax to raise teacher salaries and help San Francisco become more affordable. Currently, Mark is leading the fight to increase per pupil spending to reflect the national average by acquiring Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds (ERAF), currently funneled to the City rather than our public school students.
Mark continues to be a strong advocate for:
- Quality Schools for All Students
- High Quality Universal Pre-K Programs
- Transparency in District Administration and School Board Decision Making
- Increasing Resources for Classrooms
- Increased Parent and Caregiver, Student, Teacher and School Worker Voice
Please join our campaign to help San Francisco’s students, teachers and parents/caregivers by re-electing Mark Sanchez to the San Francisco Board of Education.