Our confounding school assignment system makes kids into commuters, adds cars to the streets and produces schools less diverse than a simple neighborhood system would. We must allow more families to walk their children to school. This will strengthen communities, reduce traffic congestion and allow for more family time at home. We need more public magnet schools in language, arts and sciences. And we should provide advanced classes for high-performing students. These programs are attractive to parents choosing private schools or leaving San Francisco for public schools elsewhere. Public schools must compete for and retain middle and higher income families so students at all income levels can benefit from the additional PTA resources.



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