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S.F. School District Tax Dollars: Education or Name Changes
by S.F. Taxpayer
Saturday Oct 17th, 2020 10:06 AM
The latest horror from the San Francisco School Board, with 4 open seats this election year, is that they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to change the names of 44 schools while they sit empty and the workingclass who attends most of these schools fall behind sitting at home in front of a screen. Mayor Breed's letter condemning this theft of our tax dollars is at https://abc7news.com/education/mayor-breed-blasts-efforts-for-sf-school-name-changes/7085284/
The latest horror from the San Francisco School Board, with 4 open seats this election year, is that they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to change the names of 44 schools while they sit empty and the workingclass who attends most of these schools fall behind sitting at home in front of a screen. Mayor Breed's letter condemning this theft of our tax dollars is at https://abc7news.com/education/mayor-breed-blasts-efforts-for-sf-school-name-changes/7085284/

Education affects all of us, whether or not we have school age children, as those without education soon become social problems, costing all of us much more than a basic education. A basic education must include:

1. Guaranteeing that all students receive all basic courses so that they learn reading and math appropriate for each grade level, preferably better.
2. Guaranteeing that all students graduate from high school and with at least a B average in all required courses.
3. Guaranteeing that all students graduate from high school with sufficient vocational training to get a job upon graduation and for those who are intellectually capable, all college preparation courses required to enter college. The vocational training options must include computer courses, accounting courses and construction work courses and those who cannot afford college but are intellectually capable of attending college should be encouraged to take both vocational and college prep classes as this will lower the need for student loans, which should be changed to grants as education is a right.
4. Guaranteeing that all students receive free, nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day.
5. Requiring that all able bodied students learn to swim starting at age 6 as swimming is a good form of exercise and recreation and it saves lives.
6. Guaranteeing that all students have available and are actively encouraged to take music, art or dance exercise for all 12 grades.

One thing we San Francisco voters can do is vote for the challengers in this election. If the schools have the money for anything other than the above education agenda, they have the money for spacing the desks 6 feet apart, building more classrooms if necessary, hiring more teachers if necessary, and hiring more classified personnel if necessary.
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