Nothing is more important for the future of California than making sure our public schools are properly funded and that they provide high-quality education to all children in all communities. Public education is personal for Scott Wiener. Scott attended public schools K through 12, as did his sister, his parents, his grandparents, his aunts, his uncles, and his cousins. Scott's nephews are currently in a public elementary school in New York City. His mother was a public school biology teacher in Philadelphia, and his aunt recently retired after a career teaching math in a public school.
Great public schools not only prepare our children for the future, but they create the next generation of leaders for our communities and are the foundation on which our democracy is built. Every child deserves a safe community school that is fully staffed with the most qualified teachers, nurses, counselors, and other education professionals.
We also must do more to support our teachers. Teacher salaries are way too low, forcing too many educators to leave and creating a teacher shortage. We need to pay our teachers more and create more teacher-focused affordable housing.