CANOPY TALKS

Bring Back Algebra

CANOPY Jackson Square

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5.30 pm – 8.00 pm

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In 2014, SF eliminated 8th-grade algebra in the name of “racial equity.” In November, 6-year-old Lola Partovi publicly shared why this was detrimental to students, prompting SF Supervisors to add a proposition to the ballot. Join Lola, her brother Reza, her father Ali, and SF Supervisor Ahsha Safai for a rousing conversation and fundraiser supporting teaching algebra in schools!

“Let’s Bring Back Algebra!” An Education Fundraiser

Date: Tuesday, January 23

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: CANOPY, 595 Pacific Ave, 4th Floor

RSVP: Marielle@neo.com

Join six-year-old Lola Partovi, 16-year-old Reza Partovi, and their father Ali Partovi—CEO of mentorship community, startup accelerator, and VC fund Neo—and SF Supervisor Ahsha Safai for a rousing conversation and fundraiser in support of teaching algebra in schools!

In 2014, SF eliminated 8th-grade algebra in the name of “racial equity,” a decision later adopted by the State of California. Unfortunately, the Partovi family says this policy has negatively affected students, widening the equity gap. They believe it’s crucial to reverse the trend of limiting access to advanced math as math and computing are the gateway to prosperity in the Bay Area.

In November,  Lola made her case publicly for why algebra should be taught earlier than ninth grade in schools, prompting SF Supervisors to add a proposition to the ballot. 

Reza and Ali dedicate time each week to volunteer to teach algebra and coding to first graders in a predominantly Black and Latino SF school.

Ali—also emphasizes the importance of supporting “Yes on G” to bring back Algebra in SF middle schools, driven by the broader impact we can make beyond San Francisco.

We hope you can attend this fun evening hosted by Lola, Reza, and Ali to support algebra education. Your support can make a real difference. If you cannot show support in person, please consider donating to “Yes on G”: Bring Back Algebra.

Through our shared commitment to education and equity, we can ensure every child has the opportunity to excel in math and computing.

Follow Ali Partovi on X, formerly Twitter, @apartovi