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thank you. >> hello. my name is a.j., and i'm blessed to be here in this sanctuary city. i may be just passing through, but i have learned a lot, and i came here to learn in a sanctuary city and homelessness manner. however i may be homeless, but i'm not a bum, but i've learned from fools and from sages, and i also learned a lot from education as i graduated from cal state long beach with honors and on the dean's list. what i shall say is this. i have learned much in the streets, and i have learned
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much in the classroom, however, we are in the school of life. if the rainy day fund is so rainy as the winter wind blowing an apple or fruit off of this free to form some sort of pie that creates a surplus, forgive us our trespasses. let's eat the pie together because the fruit may have fallen from the tree next door and if we're not sure where the tree may have came from, or the fruit. i may not know the antidote, and i might need some direct information from a more educated individual than i, however, we may share and eat together. let's use the rainy, wet money. if it's rainy, it's slippery. the law may be reduced.
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no matter which way you cut that pie, it's going to be a tricky situation regardless. so let's eat together. amen. [applause] >> chair fewer: thank you, sir. >> my name is mari del luna. i have been a child advocate for over two decades. here in the city, there are no child care options without subsidies, and i was working my dream jobs supporting students with disabilities and finding dream jobs and i couldn't afford making it on my salary as an educator. i still struggle with gameful employment through the sky rocketing costs of housing and child care costs. my child and i have spend
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dozens of hours dropping off literature at thousands of homes in san francisco. i'm born and raised in this city, and i'm one of the few families who actually still left in the city, fighting every day to stay here. i am fighting for the next generations like my child to have access to quality, affordable child care in san francisco t francisco. the lawsuit that's happening with all of our funding is a slap in the face to everyone that's going to try to stay in the city. let's fulfill the will of the voters right here, parents, students, teachers, right here. i'm here to fight for what the voters want and what all parents have been saying across the nation. i heard that there's about 50
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million that you are talking to go for education. please specify what that is so we don't have to fight each other, okay? specify what's child care and what's specified for public education. think about the parents, think about the students. thank you. >> my name's julie roberts-fong. i'm one of the founders of the san francisco parents families union. i want to say that k-12 and public school needs are happening to all the same families. there's about 2,000 families homeless in sfusd and many of them are in our schools. $140 million property tax windfall is key to making sure that everyone in our city is paying their fair share. it was an opportunity that voters validated to focus resources on all of its
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priorities, including funds for community school strategies at 20 schools that serve half of the black students in san francisco. i'm hearing that in proposition five today that supervisors are working on a deal that would dedicate money to housing, preschool, and k-12 school, and i'm cautiously optimistic about that. i'm hoping we'll be able to thank supervisors for keeping prop g whole and for allowing us to meet our students and families needs. however, this isn't over for families because it sounds like even with the best proposal right now, it doesn't specify what dollars will go to leadership and what funding
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will be going to k-12. what we're asking today is that you clarify -- you take the leadership and clarify what is included for preschool and what is included for k-12 so that families continue to advocate together and we make sure that all of our needs are met. thank you. >> good morning, madam chair, members of the committee. my name is delores terrazas. i am the division director of the institute for children, youth, and families. i am the chairman of mission economic agency. i also want to recognize everyone that has spoken before me who has spoken with passion and eloquently about the
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issues. the early education community is the beginning of the pipeline of education, so there is not really a differentiation. what we need it parity and equity -- is parity and equity in funding. what i'm here to request is that you allocate $30 million for workforce development and compensation. we cannot sustain the gains we made in family support, in housing, in policy that will sustain workers in this city if we don't have a compensation strategy that is cogent, that is significant, and that will be attractive enough to support the families -- the children of the families that we care for. you have on your -- on your supervisor table people that have expertise, information, data that supports what i'm
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saying. if you'd like, we can provide that to you again with any other information that you would care to here. thank you very much. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is kevin miller. i'm a district 11 resident, and i just wrapped up a four-year term on the veteran affairs commission here in san francisco. i'm here in port of our city, our home, and here to specifically speak on behalf of source to plowshares, where i serve as their communication managers. they're a pie ner in serving at risk and homeless -- pioneer in serve at-risk and homeless veterans. over the last few years, we've done a lot to reduce veteran homelessness here in the city
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from when the late mayor ed lee made his promise and joined other communities across the u.s. to end veteran homelessness. in the last six years, we've opened housing sites from the veteran commons in the mission district area. the 250 kearny in the financial district area which serves over 130 veterans and also have opened the fairfax which is a permit supportive housing site and safe haven site, but we still have lots of work to do. we still have a plan to actually get to that functional zero number. and with that, my chief operating officer mentioned earlier that we do have a shovel ready project in treasure island ready to go. it's just short about $10 million of funding, and we're asking that some of this windfall money be dedicated to this project to get dozens more veterans off the streets into permanent, supportive units with the services they need to stay off the streets and
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maintained in housing. so thank you for your time and i hope you guys consider our proposal. >> prop g is about dignity. prop g means i can save money for the first time in my life. i still pay half my take-home pay for rent. prop g means i can get my master's degree, develop as a professional and help make sfusd a world-class place to get an education. prop g means that katie, a colleague of mine and d-2 constituent, currently teaching with a multiple subject credential can pay tuition for the single subject math
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credential she needs to prepare kids for stem in the 21st century. before prop g, paraprofessional churn was devastating. paraturnover prevents or high needs special education students from developing deep relationships of trust with the staff that supports them. before prop g, we lost amazing teachers every year. just in the last two years, we've lost a veteran sped teacher. we've lost a costa rican teacher who understood the central american refugees we teach better than anyone. we lost a native egyptian science teacher who supported our yemeni students like no other to another metro area. please support us. our students, families, and educators are counting on you.
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thank you. >> good morning, board of supervisors. my name is nancy obregon, and i'm a native san franciscan. i became a teacher 25 years ago so that students could see their lives through me. for 21 years i taught at leonard flynn in the mission elementary school district, and for the last two years i've been teaching at willie brown. today i'm here to tell you about the difference prop g has made. -- i was excited to be a founding teacher and looked forward to what the year would bring. we knew there would be challenges being a new school, having new teachers and having
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to support some of our most underserved students in the city. what we didn't expect was the amount of staff thattest wi le including the principal, in the first year. the second here, the same happened. i know you may have read about it in the paper. willie brown has had its ups and downs, but fortunately, we now have a principal that has been with us two years. although we've still managed to lose a significant number of teachers at the end of the year. when teachers live, it impacts student teacher connections at the end of the year -- no. some of our students from bayview-hunters point, one of our most socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods having enough instablity in their lives and deserve better. students experiencing homelessness are affected the most. they deserve safe and supportive classrooms in order to build and maintain healthy connections with teachers and
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other support staff. this academic he year, prop g, we were able to hire -- [inaudible] >> hello. i'm erica ray. i live in district one. thank you for allowing me to give my personal testimony on why i believe san francisco educators deserve a portion of the education and revenue augmentation funds. first, i must stress that these are excess educational funds. to not give back some of those funds to education seems unthinkable to me. i live and work in san francisco. that gets harder every year. in 2017, my husband was laid off for nearly a year. we accrued a sizeable debt. i seriously considered moving. luckily my husband was reemployed at his business, and
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the prop g funds that added to my salary this year have made it possible for me to start paying back on my debt and make me more secure. i don't have rent control. i am a moderate special ed teacher at lincoln high school. i rely on paraprofessionals to work with my autistic students, seven of which require aides. there is a severe shortage of special educators and especially in the mod-severe category. a competitive wage is the only way we can attract and keep new educators in san francisco unified. the prop g addition -- add-on
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has made san francisco unified more competitive. second, i know the mayor wants the bulk of these funds earmarked for homelessness. sharing funds with teachers isn't taking away supports from homeless, it's just another way to help, and thank you for your time, and i hope this -- we get your support. thank you. >> good morning. my name is lee may lovett. as a long-term educator, i want to set the record straight. this is not a windfall, it's a long-term surplus, and our property taxes are not going down any time soon. now, my son's teacher has said that she was on t.v. talking about how difficult it was for teachers to live in san francisco in cramped rooms and
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small inlaws, and when i hear that, it's not just a personal story, it's systemic because two thirds of teachers say they have to pay more than 30% of their income in rent. and so when you lose one out of eight teachers from the classrooms every year, not to mention all the paras, all the staff outside the classrooms who provide so much support -- and not to mention all the early childhood educators, i've worked with 1,000 of them, this is a true crisis. you have to look at education in a really systemic way, how we support our educators and our communities. so i have two asks. when you build housing, prioritize educators. we need to do so much more. and second of all, fund education beyond the bare minimum because that money for professional development that i just went through yesterday at the college is so critical for no teachers -- new teachers, people in high-needs schools.
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this teacher training is essential for early childhood educators. again, i've worked with so many to understand you need the training for special ed, for understanding that we need to support the youngest and most vulnerable in this community. thank you. >> good morning, everyone. i'm retired -- recently retired teacher of about 40 years from sfusd. i am an immigrant, and i was raised in san francisco since i was five years old, and i also have two children that attended san francisco unified from kindergarten through 12th grade. i know how difficult teaching can be. it can be brutal, and it can be rewarding. i am a mother and a teacher, so i can tell you firsthand that teachers are essential partners in the raising of our children. teachers are not asking for the whole pie, just one or two slices. barely one-third.
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teachers will leave. many have already left. it is mostly the young, energyic, enthusiastic teachers that will leave, not us old people. all they are asking for is to be able to afford to live in the city so that they continue working in sfusd. the students and families in san francisco unified will be greatly affected. we will start out the next academic year with classrooms with without permanent teachers. these classrooms will be personed by various teachers. including substitute reachers, resource -- teachers, resource teachers, as well as sometimes administrators, as well as being divided up into small groups and parcelled out to other classrooms. the students never recover from these disasters. many of them are pulled out by the families and taken to private and charter schools. right now in san francisco, teachers are receiving a very hurtful message from you.
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they feel unappreciated and betrayed, and they just want to be able to plan their future without a stable salary that meets the housing needs in san francisco. they cannot stay here. budgets are statements of values. what are your values? please, please walk the talk. >> good afternoon. i'm from district eight, and i worked on baby c, and i'm glad to be here. i'm retired as a family child care provider, but i felt as though being a teacher is one of the most valuable and wonderful things that we can be, and i wanted to come here because i'm, like, very surprised that there's even a question of how much should be spent for education. i recognized here in the chambers my program of 27 years of being a family child care
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provider, and i do know that right now, it's at a tipping point where it's unsustainable for educators and parents. frederick douglass made an important statement. it's easier to build strong children than repair broken man. teachers' salaries are dead last among the state's districts. among all the countless reforms tried over the years, smaller schools, smaller classes, beautiful new buildings, the one that correlates more reliably with good studento outcome is the presence of good teachers and principals that
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are consistent. san francisco allocates a small percentage of its educational budget to teachers salaries and other educational expenses, 41% compared to 63%. the average earnings of rk woulders with four years of college are over 50% higher than the average earnings of teachers. something to think about. teachers deserve to feel respected and supported in their lives. thank you. >> good morning, board of supervisors. my name is lita blanc. i am a resident of district eight. i am a retired teacher, teaching almost 38 years in the mission district, and in those years, i witnessed the critical importance of providing our students with stable environments where they can
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count on experienced educators in the classrooms. the impact of prop g was immediately fell this fall when classrooms were fully staffedtor the first time in many years. i want to step back almost two years when supervisor ronen held a hearing on the impact the affordability crisis was having on those teaching in our schools. over 60 teachers and parahe d paraeducators lined up to tell their stories barely being able to make ends meet. one factor of that has changed. the political leadership of the city, along with uesf along with sfusd and the community that supported us waged a campaign to establish an ongoing income stream so that educators would be able to continue to do the work they love. the voters of san francisco overwhelmingly supported prop g because they understand that educators are at the heart of students' success.
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so i am afraid of the impact of a pay cut to those hard working individuals. imagine what those people will do if they are forced to take a pay cut because the elected leaders of san francisco chose to not prioritize education. thank you very much. do the right thing. >> my name is stephen, and i teach a special day class for students that we currently refer to moderate to severe extensive support needs. san francisco teachers are expected to earn teaching credentials, masters degrees,
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rack up thousands in student loans, and we're expected to lead the future of san francisco, earning significantly less than our peers in other industries. this has created a vicious cycle that for most san franciscans is out of sight and out of mind. but if we can turn our attention away from the latest apps and the hottest hipster hangouts, we would see that more and more teachers are leaving this city every single year and this is robbing our students of the consistency that so many districts are able to offer. [please stand by]
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-- i'm a parent very committed to san francisco. in this role i'm a special educator at lowell high school and in my role at lowell, not only have i seen many teachers come and go because they can't afford to live here, very skilled and talented teacher, but i'm affected by the para-professional crisis as well. they're paid even less than teachers and i have gone years, twice, without a para-professional in my program. and my students need a para-professional to gain or to achieve full education. as a parent, i have seen the importance of teacher consistency. my son in elementary school in
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are, in his six years of elementary school, went through three first-year teachers that have since left the district. so he had skilled teachers some years and he had learning teachers that left. and that dramatically affected his achievement, not only in school but liking school, the community of school. with the prop-g funding, without the funding the city will return to the crisis of not being able to attract and retain new teachers. we -- not only are teachers leaving the district to go to other places, families are also, because of the teacher shortage in san francisco, families are leaving the district. and we need to reinstate the funding for prop-g to keep things going in the right direction. thank you. >> good morning, thank you for your time, esteemed members of
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the board. i am kia roy king and i teach alongside hard-working and dedicated and brilliant teachers of lowell high school. i represent them here today. we're asking for $60 million, one-third, one to share with the measures and programs currently under attack. we all know the value of teachers. we all remember at least one who helped to shape who we are today. my path to becoming a teacher was formed in the fifth grade by miss cheryl cork. not only does miss cork teach us though she was on stage, she was witty and fun in her no-nonsense way. i had struggled with attention and she was the only african american teacher that i had from kindergarten through high school and my experience of learning from her, with her, vastly improved my self-esteem as a young black boy growing up in the 1980s on the peninsula. i saw myself in her.
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i catch myself most emulating her when i'm guiding my students at wallenberg. and i always wanted to consider to teach at sfsud. and my son is a first grader at the civil rights academy. the salary that the district could offer at the time made a dream of becoming a public schoolteacher impossible. as proposition g was under consideration last year i took and passed nine tests to be qualified to teach in the district with the confidence that san francisco voters would give teachers a living wage. this year at wallenberg has been transformative for me. most of my students never had a black math teacher and i am reminded of my experience as a 10-year-old kid in miss cork's classroom. for the first time i am blessed to teach students of multiple races, religions and national origins. i ask that you support us. thank you.
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>> good morning, supervisors. my name is bailey robinson-harris. i'm an early education teacher working with young children in san francisco for over 44 years. in every neighborhood with children that were toddlers to 12 year olds, private, for-profit and non-profit and finally here in san francisco unified school district celebrating 30 years of working. i tend to view life and life's situations from a perspective of the children that i teach. which bodes down to equity and equality. as we are here this past celebrating the life and times of martin luther king, we think a lot about equality.
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so i'd like to just remind the supervisors that the eraf funds should be distributed equally, and 60, 60, and to those in more need. and also step back and say as an early childhood education teacher, educator, that the equity lives is also present which means that young children and the teachers and the educators that work with them really need to be given more consideration. we teach children and provide for them a solid foundation for the rest of their lives and promote the thirst for learning. i'd like to share with you a situation that's happened with me about a year ago. one of my peer educators in my school said to me, miss betty, i want to thank you. she said for the first time in 38 years i'm finally earning a little over $20 an hour.
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and with that i'd like to say that the prop g funds have hel helped... >> good morning, supervisors. i'm sarah hicks, with the early education educators of san francisco and i want to echo many of the things that came before me because i know that i don't have the time at the mike to say everything that i'd like to say. but i want to say that my partner is a baker and we love to bake large pies and i do want to speak to the pie that i heard talked about here before and the ingredients that should go into it so that it bakes well. growing the pie i think speaks really to there are people out here that are all speaking to issues that are very dear to my
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heart. and the need for growing that pie is obvious. i want to make sure that the ingredients include a really clear ask of $30 million for early care e educators. our ask for this year's budget was $60 million and there was a city-wide plan agreed to, i believe in 2015, that early care educators, a piece of that was that early care educators would move up in salary comparable to san francisco unified school district educators. san francisco unified school district educators, as you have been hearing, have trouble living in san francisco on the wages. thethat is already too low. but we'd love to move it up and keep struggling with them for wages that allow us to commit to this important field. i wanted to also speak to early care and education. pay equity is looked as a dollar-for-dollar amount for equal, comparable work. but early care and education
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help those who have dependents to stay in the workforce and that impacts largely women. without early care education women are taken out of the workforce and their lifetime earnings are even more dramatically than the comparisons we make on pay equity. so early care education is absolutely a fundamental community system that is needed to support... >> good morning. my name is leann lakes and i am a resident of the sunset and a parent of two children at alice fong alternative school. i'm also the president of the parent association. we all know that homelessness is a problem in san francisco and as our prior speakers have spoken about, education and homelessness are really aligned with each other. homhomelessness is not just aboa shortage of housing.
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it's also about education. and consider the fact that those who are housing insecure are less likely to graduate. and those with less than a high school degree are at higher risk of homelessness. and those with a less than high school degree have higher rates of unemployment and lower earning potential. we cannot succeed in education without many of our amazing teachers here today. so i urge the board and the committee to fund education. our teachers cannot afford to live and work in san francisco. which is reflected in the high turnover rates. lastly, i urge all of you to actually to come to a classroom and to see what these teachers do. witness their patience, their dedication, their commitment. you know, go to alice fong, and i'm happy to give you a tour or any of the other schools, and see what these teacher does. because i don't think that you fully understand the impact they have on our children. thank you.
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>> good morning, supervisors. ladi tidi, the vice president of the commission board. i am here to ask you and to urge you to support the hope s.f. initiative for sunnydale public housing unit and the patrol hill housing unit. they too deserve a piece of that pie, a hefty piece, because you will be changing lives, not just for children and families, but also for seniors and disabled. it's very important that this process move right along. so i urge you to support it and to fund it. thank you so much. >> good morning, board of supervisors. my name is sabrina leah-poga and i'm in district 10. for over 11 years i have dealt
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with the living conditions in sunnydale, worsened by mold, repair issues. we also have limited access to opportunities and resources. so i urge you to fund for sunnydale, s.f.f. and patrol hill. we need it especially for our kids. thank you. >> hello, i'm rihanna fryerson and i as well as many other residents with sunnydale and patrol hill are here to ask you to not forget about us. i have been living in sunnydale for over 15 years of my life and i have been living with mold for that time and live broken water heaters and feces coming up through drains in my house through that time. this money is going to go towards amazingness. healthy living places for our children. healthy living places for our
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seniors. and healthy living places for me and my family. as a college graduate i was told that, you know, you graduate college and you get to come home to amazingness. i was not afforded that opportunity. i spent four years out of state to come home to the same things. i spent four years out of state still hoping that my neighborhood would change. and, yes, $9 million is amazing and it's a wonderful amount, but what about the rest of the money? why are we limited to this pocket of money? why are we limited to what we have now? i'm asking you to really think about the people in these neighborhoods. and think about the homes that you go home to and think what i'm going home to. take that into consideration as you are debating on what to do with this money and where it should go, take it into consideration where i live. take it into consideration where the children in these schools
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live. it starts at home and if i'm not living in a healthy environment then, guess what, i'm not succeeding anywhere. so it starts where they live. thank you. >> good morning, board of supervisors. my name is jonah ecidos and i'm here representing 350 children and families that are served in our birth to 5 programs that are providing early care and education and family support. as well as 100 educators that i have at my site. unfortunately, we can't pull those teachers out of the classroom because we know that there's a shortage of teachers in the city. and i urge you to consider investing $30 million from that money towards early care and education. we know that there's a crisis of homelessness, but there's -- there's a connection between e.c.e. and homelessness and what we do in early care and
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education is provide a stable and a safe environment for those children while their parents work on getting -- becoming more stable in terms of their housing. we can't compete for these resources. we all need these resources in order to continue to support children, families and our educators. we cannot educate our young children on the backs of our teachers who can't even make enough money to live in the city or even get out of public benefits. that's a crisis. and we need to continue to invest. and i urge you to do that. thank you so much for everythi everything. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): my name is mia, and i'm representing the innovate public schools. >> [speaking spanish]
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(voice of translator): i have four children who studied in san francisco public schools and now one left in visitation valley. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): i came here to support the teachers because i know that if they have a better salary and a better housing that our children will also benefit. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): and specifically i want to support the pitch schools which are the schools that have the lowest -- the lowest outcomes so we can support the most struggling schools. >> [speaking spanish]
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(voice of translator): and we're a group of mostly latino and african american low-income families and we know that our communities need the most support. thank you. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): good morning, supervisors. i am cynthia. and i have a daughter in lowell high school and also a parent volunteer with innovate public schools. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): as a mother i feel that it would be very beneficial to receive some of the funds of the extra e.r.f.
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>> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): especially if they will be focused on schools that are at the highest need and lowest level of academics. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): and we really support teachers benefitting from this money. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): another parent who was also a volunteer for a long time in san francisco public schools told me... >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): she realized, obviously, where there was the highest need in the schools. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): there's an unending need of things -- of problems that we face in schools, like a need for smaller class sizes. >> [speaking spanish]
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(voice of translator): and giving teachers more resources so they can provide the best education to our kids. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): because our children are the future of this city and if they don't receive an education now they could contribute to the homelessness problem later. gracias. thank you. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): good morning, my name is lucetto munoz. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): before anything i want to say thank you for your great work in this government. >> [speaking spanish]
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(voice of translator): and i want to ask for your support on education as a mother because i didn't have the opportunity to study but i really need our children to have this opportunity to get a better education. >> [speaking spanish] (voice of translator): thank you so much for all of your work and have a good day. >> good morning, my name is deborah summers and i'm a long-time san francisco resident, a parent, a parent volunteer, and an employee of san francisco unified school
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district. my daughter attends harvey mill civil rights academy. and i'm also speaking as a member of innovate public schools. we ask you, the supervisors, to honor the will of the voters and to support san francisco unified school district parents, teachers, volunteers, children, to allocate the $60 million of educational revenue augmentation fund back to san francisco unified school district. thank you. >> hi, my name is virginia chong and i live in district 10. i also work for wui children's services. we are the largest headstart provider in san francisco which means that our families are at the federal poverty level. but we also have an array of services that help to support low-income and immigrant
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families in san francisco. i'm here to say that we need to support this issue on both ends. it's not one or the other. we're facing a workforce crisis. there are not enough teachers, it's slowed down to a trickle. people are not entering the field. we have volunteers who come to us and say their passion was to go into teaching but they became a lawyer or a doctor instead. nobody is going into teaching anymore. our kids are struggling. our centers are struggling to fill -- to be able to fill their classrooms with kids, even though we have the infrastructure. we don't have the teachers to be able to serve the kids. it's not one or the other. we serve homeless families. we serve foster parents. we serve single mothers. we serve the highest need families in san francisco.
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we need to address this from both ends. 0-5 is the most -- it's the most -- the -- where our -- the children's brains develops the most is 0 to 5. if we want to prevent homelessness and mental health incarceration, we have to provide a safe place for our children to learn and grow. every child missed in this generation is another shelter bed for the next. we're losing an entire generation because we don't have enough teachers to teach them. please support early childhood teachers, sfufd teachers and homelessness. >> hello, supervisors, i am
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jessica campos. i work the as a preschool teacher and i stand here in support of our 0-5 teachers, but as well all teachers. our education system is really hurting right now. we're losing teachers and me myself going back to school i see the interest in becoming a teacher diminishing. we need to put funding into education. there will always be children. that's our next generation. but if we're not focusing in educating our children our future generations will fall into systemic issues that we really need to address now. the importance of building relationships and the children being engaged in education is very, very important. so, please, we ask you to give a portion to -- $30 million to our e.c.e. and a big chunk for our education system in san francisco. thank you. >> hi, good morning. and it's still morning -- just.
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my name -- well, my name is carey gray and it's good to see you all. i am a public school parent and i'm president of the second district of the california state parent-teacher association. here in san francisco we have 64 units which means that we have about 8,000, 9,000 members in the city of san francisco. and while you have heard some really compelling testimony and experiences from teachers and from other parents, i want you to know that there are thousands of parents -- and thousands of residents -- who voted to support prop g and prop little c and prop big c. and the second district is a membership organization and we voted to support prop g because we know how critical it is to support our teachers in our community schools. and we voted to support prop
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little c because we know how critical early childhood education is for our students. so all i'm asking is that you support the will of the voters and the families and the residents, many of whom you have met here today, who really support these issues. you have an opportunity to support the will of the voters in a real tangible way right now when you allocate this funding. and i appreciate your continued support for public education. thank you. >> hi. my name is allison eddie-brodman and i'm a resident of district 5. i understand that there's been a compromise, and i appreciate that, but i'm going to make this comment anyway because i'm really, really irritated that we even had to have this fight. i'm a parent of a fifth grader at tenderloin community school
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just up the street and she has been there since pre-k. t.c.s. has a 20% homeless student population. we're kind of a perfect example of how awful this budget fight is because we need the specialized services and staff that prop g was designed to fund. it is our family liaison, our social worker, who identify and work with our homeless students. but, obviously, those at-risk kids also desperately need the housing funds. t.c.s. is also a popular spot for photo-ops because of its proximity to city hall. last fall our classes were disrupted by a photo-op for our now state superintendent of
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public instruction who decided to have a photo-op there before classes were over. he disrupted our school day. your meetings are held at t.c.s. and i don't know how many of you have been there during our school day though. we need you to do right by our kids and to give equitable funding now and in the future to all of these services. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is tanika moss and i'm the c.e.o. of hamilton families and also a member of the human services network. and i wanted to come out today to thank you all for your leadership on this work. it is dismaying to me that we are having a debate around do you favor teachers or do you favor homelessness? we have a responsibility as a community to favor everyone and
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recognize that the priorities of the people who are most in need is urgent. we have 2,000 students in our school district every day who experience homelessness. so when you talk about the families who need quality educators, they also need housing. and we also know that you cannot actually learn effectively as a student in the district if you do not have a place to live. and so the debate is -- i stand in solidarity with our teachers and i stand in solidarity with our families who every single day have an urgent humanitarian crisis on their hands about making the hard choices around being housed and working and living in their city or moving outside of their city for opportunity. so i encourage you to prioritize homelessness and housing support with these dollars. and if you're thinking about the future investments that you think about an equitable share
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of those investments. so if you're thinking about making investments in teacher salaries over time i encourage you to think about that same equitable share for homelessness and housing services in the future. thank you. >> good morning or afternoon. my name is megan graber and this is my 12th year and i'm a school social worker. and the last nine years at everett school and mr. mandelman district. and my husband is a veteran teacher on special assignments. (please stand by)
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>> please think about those teachers at everett, think about those teachers right now. they're trying to make our city a better place. please support fair share for public ed. thank you. >> hello. my name is liz katie, and i've worked with the homeless, particularly the homeless mentally ill for the past ten years, the past five in san francisco. it's been so wonderful to hear from the people in education, saying that they want to stay in this district but they are being pushed out. we are experiencing the same thing in the community of mental health. how sad as the richest city in america, we are here, some of the most in-need communities arguing who should get the money when it's very clear we are all in need of it. i'm here today to encourage you to grow the pot and think about
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the prop c and the prop g funding that's been held up in these lawsuits and to look at if there's not enough money to go around, certainly not funding anything that's not reimbursable especially when there are lower cost services. there are a lot of people here in san francisco who want to help who are called to our schools, who are called to work with our homeless populations, and that's really beautiful. and we're being priced out. we can't afford to be here. and one cause is not more important than the other. they're both important causes, and it would be wrong of me to say don't fund the schools because they work in homelessness. we need to find a way to fund both. thank you. >> hi. my name is june bug, and i'm with san francisco parent
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voices chapter. i'm also born and raised here in the city. i'm also a mom with two minor children who depend and dependent on the child care system. i'm also a formerly homeless child myself, and all the causes here today that we're advocating for with all good causes -- are all good causes, but how money gets delegated is important to make sure it's an equitiable process. we shouldn't be pitted against each other. we all need help, and it's all connected. i struggled for my son to get full-time child care and result index co-pays that i couldn't afford, even with subsidies and scholarships. i struggled with my daughter who is special he had that couldn't find development. there's about 3,000 children on that wait list that are waiting for child care, and that is not okay. i'm asking that from the windfall funding that we can put 60 million into child care,
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into early childhood education. i know it sometimes gets lumped in with child education, but we need to be very specific on how we delegate that funding. prop c for child care in june was passed by the voters, and it's an atrocity that had hasn't been implemented back. if we're stratjiek with how we place the money, everybody walks out of here in a win-win situation, because homelessness and child care are connected. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors, and i know you've been

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