SFUSD doesn’t seem to think this is a problem. I do. How can we build a just and equal society if our schools are bifurcated? We need to use a carrot to get these families to return to public schools. But pretending it doesn’t matter, or worse yet saying the public schools’ focus is solely on high-needs students, only serves to further create a two-tiered society. That’s not the direction we want to be moving. And yet we’ve done away with advanced calculus in high school in San Francisco high schools and are phasing out honors in middle school, in the name of equity. Our schools would be stronger, and better-funded, if all students went to public schools. Parents and the District together need to work to create programs that draw in the 24% of students in private schools back to our public schools.
[From the San Francisco Chronicle]
See where SF ranks in private-school attendance
Nationally, 10 percent of elementary and high-school students attend private schools, said the report, which was based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008-2012 American Community Survey.
Among the largest 100 metro areas, New Orleans has the highest proportion of students in private schools (25.1 percent), followed by Honolulu (20.7 percent) and San Francisco (19.9 percent). The San Francisco metro area includes San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.
San Francisco County alone has 24 percent of students in private schools. Marin and San Mateo counties each have 18 percent, Santa Clara has 12 percent, Alameda has 11 percent, Contra Costa and Napa each have 10 percent, Sonoma has 8 percent and Solano has 7 percent, Kolko said in an e-mail.
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