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SF schools face budget crisis, potential layoffs & school closures

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On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the state of San Francisco's public schools as the district faces a $420 million deficit.

The district has also seen a seen a steady decline in the number of students attending public schools since 1999. It's expecting to lose another 4,600 by 2032. That has prompted the district to consider layoffs and school closures, though the decision on which schools to close won't come until next fall.

What does this all mean for parents, students, and the future of public education in San Francisco?


Dr. Matt Wayne, SFUSD superintendent

Jill Wynns, former longtime member of the San Francisco Board of Education

Reina Tello, community organizer and SFUSD parent


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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Sandra Halladey is a member of the 2024 KALW Audio Academy.
Passionate about speaking up for and building a constituency of support for public institutions — especially public education and the arts.