The next big thing in San Francisco - great public schools

Sylvia Yee | October 24, 2014 | SF Chronicle

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From the Gold Rush days, San Francisco has been a city of entrepreneurs and innovation. It is home to some of the world’s finest cultural institutions and most savvy and creative businesses. At the same time, income inequality is growing faster in our city than in any other city in the country — more than 60 percent of our public school students come from low-income families, and this percentage is increasing. Our school district is one of the highest-achieving urban districts in the state, but it also has some of the widest student achievement gaps when race and family income are considered. We need to pull together and make our public schools the next big thing in San Francisco.

That’s why I was excited to see the launch of the One City campaign by the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation ( and Mayor Ed Lee, encouraging tech employees to volunteer in our public schools. We must make sure that our schools give all our children a top-flight education so they can become the doers, thinkers and leaders that our city will need in the future. No one knows this better than the leaders at the San Francisco Unified School District. They have been hard at work to transform teaching and learning in our schools, and they need support from all of us to bring this work home.