Wednesday night over 150 UESF members and supporters showed up for a powerful hearing at City Hall called by Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen.
At the hearing dozens of UESF members from across the City offered incredible testimony about the impact the affordability crisis has had on them personally, and how the massive turnover and inability to fill positions in the schools impacts our students. The riveting testimony captivated those in attendance, often bringing the crowd to tears.
Thanks to all who took the time to come to the hearing last night. And special thanks to those educators who bravely stepped up the podium to tell your stories. Your commitment to our students is an inspiration to all of us, and without a doubt you were heard by those in power in the City and in the District.
But now is the time for more than just hearing! Now is the time for action! We need a strong commitment from the District at the bargaining table, and the political will by both the District and the City to not only finally build educator housing after years of delay but to work to bring more resources into schools. Otherwise, the affordability crisis will only continue to push more and more educators out of the City and our schools and our students will suffer.
Read this powerful write up of the hearing by Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Watch this Video!
Check out this incredible testimony offered by Vidya Karra from SF Public Montessori, one of the dozens of powerful stories bravely shared by educators at the hearing! (More videos posted soon!)