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    Do you care where SF mayor candidates send their kids to school?

    Several of the candidates for the San Francisco mayor race have school aged children. I'm curious to hear how other parents feel about the candidates' school choice for their kids. Do you care whether they send their kids to public or private school? Is it a dealbreaker if their kids go to private school?

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    As much as I would love the next mayor to send their kids to public schools like many of us do, I have a hard time holding it against them for doing what they think is best for their kids. Having gone through the lottery process, I certainly wouldn't want to wish it on any one. More important for me is how the candidates plan to address homelessness, public transportation, affordable housing, etc. That said, I still would like to know why they made the school choice they did.

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    You all saw the Chronicle a couple months back about this exact topic, right?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...MN0V1HO8FG.DTL

    Based on what I've read and heard, this is where their kids go to school.

    Bevan Dufty: Rooftop (in the fall)
    Dennis Herrera: son attends CAIS
    Joanna Rees: daughter graduating from Drew and son at Town
    John Avalos: two kids go to SF Community
    Michaela Alioto-Pier: sons at Stuart Hall & daughter at Convent
    Phil Ting: got Jefferson but keeping daughter in preschool one more year

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    While the mayor may not have much influence on school policies, it would be nice to have somebody who sends his/her kids to public schools. At least, that candidate will understand the school issues we public school parents face, along with other issues that we middle class parents care about. Look at what happened in New York. Bloomberg appointed someone with no experience with public schools and she was in way over her head.

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    I'm going through the public school process right now and it's a torture, at least for those of us who don't get one of our choices. I'm realistic though. I mean, what can the mayor do? And what about the candidates without kids? How would they know what we're going through?

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    Unless the candidates have a very very good reason why they don't send their kids to public schools ("there wasn't a comparable program at the time" isn't good enough), I'm disinclined to vote for them. I want a candidate who'll stand up for the middle class families in San Francisco.

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