Shall San Francisco Unified School District repair and rehabilitate facilities to current accessibility, health, safety and instructional standards, replace worn-out plumbing, electrical and other major building systems, replace aging heating, ventilation and air handling systems, renovate outdated classrooms and training facilities, construct facilities to replace aging modular classrooms, by issuing bonds in an amount not to exceed $531 million, at legal interest rates, with guaranteed annual audits, citizens' oversight and no money for school administrators' salaries?
This is a clear YES vote for me. I teach at one of the fifty schools that will be renovated if this passes - probably in the bunch that will be fixed first. Some of the exciting things that I believe might happen:
- new pipes featuring lead-free water
- construction of an actual working ventilation and pipe system to the boys' restroom in my wing (as opposed to the current "hole in the wall" approach being used)
- electrical upgrades that will enable all four teachers on my wing to use one electric fan each without shorting out the power (honestly, even if we had SMART boards and whatnot we wouldn't be able to use them on the electricity available)
- heating that breaks down fewer than the current five or six times a year
- construction of a non-plywood, non-rotting ramp to the portable classroom
and if we get really, really, really lucky
- asbestos removal or better encapsulation so that I can hang things on the walls
Also on the ballot is Proposition H, a non-binding screed about neighborhood schools. I suppose this sounds really great. Of course, even in a strict neighborhood school system, you can't create capacity out of nothing. And then there's the issue of, you know, equity. Then there's the kind of problematic association with Paid GOP Spokesperson Michelle Rhee and her exciting organization Students First. UESF ran a good article on this - as soon as they update the links to the latest issue of the Educator, I will link to it.