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KTVU: Parents Hold Public Forum To Address the State of San Francisco Schools

Source: KTVU Fox 2

It was a packed theater at Lincoln high school in the Sunset District Wednesday evening. Parents, students, teachers, and community members came to hear more about some of the pressing issues facing the San Francisco Unified School District.

The public forum was organized by the San Francisco Parent Coalition to discuss the state of the city’s public schools. 

... Along with superintendent of schools Matt Wayne, the panel discussion included Mayor London Breed and State Assemblymember Phil Ting who spoke about the state’s budget when it comes to public school funding. 

Ting said, "We’re still overcoming learning loss, and mental health challenges brought on by COVID by our teachers, staff, and students."

He continued with, "About the only good news I can give you is we’ve seen a huge jump in state funding." 

As Assembly Budget Chair, he did share some realities of what schools deliver today, saying "It’s no longer just reading, arithmetic, math, sciences. It’s so much more. You need to have meals, and make sure kids are fed. We don’t have enough nurses, but nurses play such a critical role! We don’t have enough social workers, but we know they’re essential, so that our kids can actually learn."