San Francisco Unified School District to Consider School Closures Amid Declining Enrollment

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) board is set to discuss the district’s future on Tuesday, including the possibility of school closures. The district has been facing declining enrollment for several years, and this has led to financial challenges.

SFUSD Superintendent Matt Wayne is proposing a number of changes to address the district’s financial problems. These include creating a better staffing model, restructuring district-wide services, and finding ways to leverage district properties. Wayne is also proposing to create criteria for mergers, school co-locations, and school closures.

The school board is expected to discuss these proposals at Tuesday’s meeting. However, teachers and the community are urging the board to first address the district’s financial problems before considering school closures. They argue that school closures would disproportionately impact low-income students and students of color.

The district has been facing declining enrollment for several years, which has led to budget deficits and the need for cost-cutting measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these issues, with many families opting for private or charter schools or homeschooling. The district has also faced criticism for its handling of the pandemic, including its decision to keep schools closed for much of the 2020-2021 school year.

The San Francisco Unified School District board is set to discuss its vision for the future, including possible school closures, as it seeks to address declining enrollment and budget deficits. The proposal has raised concerns among teachers and the community, who worry about the impact on students and jobs. The board’s discussion will include input from the community, and a decision is expected in the coming weeks.