Known as the "Dyett 12," hunger strikers are sacrificing meals and endangering their bodies to call attention to the neglect and disinvestment of neighborhood schools with a particular focus on Walter H. Dyett High School.
In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.
The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.
I hold no ill will towards those who have made the choice NOT to participate directly in the public school system, but my wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the city and are committed to public education.
Passing Prop H means schools will be better connected to their communities, children will spend less time in transit, and more families will be able to stay in San Francisco when their children reach school age.