It is not surprising that 12 schools in San Francisco are ranked among the lowest in the state. Peripheral issues alleged — such as poor teachers, lack of funding, overcrowding and old textbooks — are less destructive than the central problem of the school board’s culture of indifference coupled with many students’ lack of motivation.
For years, school board members have used their positions as stepping stones to other political positions. Therefore, they like to create “splash” issues such as busing, diversity training, racism and anti-JROTC. They ignore their duty of providing guidance in educating our students.
Their tenure on the board amounts to great political publicity for themselves, but little substance for the students’ welfare. And their lack of interest is too often reflected back by students.
Maybe it is time to take a tougher approach and abolish the San Francisco school board.
Robert A. Jung, San Francisco
SFUSD plan bad for kids
Parents already reeling from the San Francisco Unified School District’s major budget shortfall are now facing a new problem. SFUSD Child Development Program — its mediocre version of an after-school program — now wants to take over the after-school programs currently run by community-based organizations.
Replacing those well-run programs with a district-operated program that has a troubled history and is hemorrhaging losses suggests that the district is willing “to throw the baby out with the bath water” in order to bail itself out of its financial mess.
In the process, while teachers disappear and classrooms become overcrowded, kids will also be subjected to poorly run, inadequately staffed, government-operated baby-sitting programs after school.
Matt Mitguard, San Francisco
City projects flounder
The LGBT Center’s claim of managing their bankruptcy does not nullify The City’s right to independently audit their management, including a means test of services. Unfortunately, The City often awards contracts and funds grants without full public transparency or regular independent oversight.
Time and again, our city’s do-good projects fail to surface years later with no recourse to those responsible. Ongoing full accountability by The City would help projects with weak management to succeed.
Bill Nuerge, San Francisco