Thursday, August 27, 2009

In the News: A school blooms again on Haight Street

Just over four years ago, the school board voted to shut down De Avila Elementary - the Haight Street school that wasn't attracting families and had poor test scores - to save money and cope with declining district-wide enrollment.

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In the News: Carver Elementary gives kids warm welcome

On her first day of kindergarten Monday, 4-year-old Malaya Hickman held her mother's hand tightly in the unfamiliar hallways of George Washington Carver Elementary School in San Francisco. Then she saw a family friend across the lobby, and began waving wildly. Then she saw another friend. And another.

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In the News: English learners in S.F. show gains on the SATs

Despite widespread language barriers, San Francisco public high school students showed improvements on the reading portion of the SAT college-entrance exam during the 2008-09 school year — an increase that defied national trends.

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In the News: Teachers receive A for effort

Teachers at James Lick Middle School — which overall rated below the state average on standardized tests this year — will receive $2,000 more a year for the extra work they put in outside the classroom.

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In the News: Parents rescue inner-city Potrero Hill school

Jennifer Betti had a simple wish: She wanted to walk her son to school, and she didn't want to have to move from her Potrero Hill home to a suburb to do it.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In the News: Art school comes back to San Francisco

For anyone older than their mid-30's, you'll remember dance, theater, and music as a part of your school curriculum. These days, those programs are among the first to be cut, but they are making a comeback in San Francisco.

Watch more at ABC 7 ...

Friday, August 21, 2009

In the news: City's increase in kindergartners leaves less room to learn

When it’s almost commonplace in a classroom for one kindergartner to have a potty accident at the same time another is crying because of a cut finger, the last thing a teacher needs is two additional students to care for.

Read more in SF Examiner.

In the news: JROTC Marches On -- With a Catch

SAN FRANCISCO — Reinventing the wheel isn’t always easy.

A team of San Francisco Unified School District administrators spent their summer figuring out how best to allow students to earn physical education credits for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, after the school board killed the program and then later brought it back to life.

Read more in SF Examiner.

In the news: Teachers Take Alternate Route Into Classroom

Lila Morris was nearly 40 when the real estate market tanked in the late 1990s, leaving her unemployed.

Read more in San Francisco Chronicle.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In the News: San Francisco ‘dents’ test score racial gap

It was hailed as a small step in the long journey of closing the achievement gap in San Francisco schools.

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In the News: S.F. schools' scores best of urban districts

Overall, San Francisco schools posted the highest test scores among urban districts in the state, far surpassing even the state average in both math and English, according to results released Tuesday.

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In the News: Bay Area Schools Show Improvement In State STAR Testing

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In the News: See How Bay Area Schools Faired in STAR Tests

California public school students made overall gains in every category of the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting program, but an achievement gap in which black and Hispanic students lag behind other students persists, the state's top education official said.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SFUSD Narrows Achievement Gap

The San Francisco Unified School District improved on the California Standards Test (CST) for the eighth consecutive year in 2009. Two out of three second through seventh grade students are now proficient or advanced in Math. SFUSD remains the highest performing large urban district in California and the district’s average is higher than the state’s average.

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In the News: Achievement gap among students stalled

The state's stubborn achievement gap once again failed to budge in 2009 even as more students than ever finished the school year at or above grade level in standardized testing, according to results released today.

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In the News: State releases school S.F. test scores

Despite years of trying to raise the test scores of black and Hispanic children up to the levels of their white and Asian counterparts, the California Department of Education yet again lacked good news to report.

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In the News: Keeping a closer eye on students

Students skipping class or receiving bad grades will soon find it harder to keep their wayward ways from their parents.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

In the News: Carlos Garcia makes students excited to learn

Carlos Garcia is gearing up for Aug. 24, the start of the school year. But the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District wasn’t always so eager to return to the classroom.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

In the News: Guest Editorial - Social justice and the achievement gap

Marthaa Torres is an administrator in the San Francisco Unified School District. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education, where she teaches a graduate course in methods for math and science teachers. In this editorial, she expresses that there is no “silver bullet” for closing the achievement gap, but there are critical steps we can take to move us in the right direction.

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In the News: School districts may sue state over budget cuts

California's public school districts may be forced to file a class-action lawsuit against the state to ensure adequate funding in the wake of severe state budget cuts, San Francisco's schools superintendent said Tuesday.

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In the News: S.F. school district's property portfolio

In San Francisco, where a nothing-special square foot of dirt can carry a price tag of $200, the city's school district is sitting on a gold mine.

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In the News: S.F. schools chip in to help interns get paid

For more than a decade, San Francisco high school students have hit the job market each summer through a district internship program that strives to help the teens find their future in law, medicine, construction or other industries. But this year, the recession has made it tough.

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle ...