Friday, February 26, 2010

Ideas aplenty to deal with cuts at S.F. schools

Anger and frustration simmered among the people in a standing-room-only crowd Thursday night at a town hall meeting at San Francisco's Marina Middle School, as parents demanded solutions rather than explanations for the severe cuts to staff and programs at their children's schools.

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PTA moms drive grass-roots movement

A group of San Francisco moms showed the power of grass-roots organizing on Thursday night. They were so angry when they heard about San Francisco's dramatic plan to cut the school budget, they decided to hold a town hall meeting on the issue. The turn-out shocked even them.

Watch more at ABC 7 ...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New incentive for SF students to learn several languages

If you can read, speak and write in more languages than one by the time you graduate high school, you should get an extra star on your diploma.

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SF arts school named after famous artist

Following a heartfelt meeting Tuesday in which tears were shed by a member on the Board of Education, the board voted to rename San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School the Ruth Asawa San Francisco High School of the Arts.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ethnic studies seen as smart move despite deficit

While considering hundreds of layoffs and other cutbacks to close an epic budget gap, the Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously agreed to fund a pilot program adding ethnic studies courses to its high school curriculum.

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S.F. school board votes to send pink slips out

Nearly 900 San Francisco teachers and administrators will see a dreaded pink slip in their mailboxes next month, a mass mailing made necessary bythe district's need to brace for a $113 million shortfall over the next two years

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SF school board votes to cut 900 teachers

More painful school cuts must be made in San Francisco. The district has to slash more than $100 million from its budget and that means hundreds of jobs will be lost. A school board meeting is underway right now to discuss the options.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Plan on School Selection, but Still Discontent

After years of complaints from parents, the San Francisco Unified School District has just taken a serious step toward revamping its well-meaning but labyrinthine student-assignment system, which decides the educational homes for tens of thousands of children.

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Over 900 pink slips likely for S.F. schools

More than 900 San Francisco schoolteachers, administrators and other staff members - nearly twice that of last year - are in line to receive layoff notices in the next few weeks as district officials prepare to cover a worst-case budget scenario next year.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Students can stay closer to home

For the first time in decades, the City’s schoolchildren could be automatically enrolled in their neighborhood public schools.

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S.F. school board OKs new gay support program

The San Francisco school board added to the district's massive $113 million shortfall over the next two years by voting Tuesday night to fund a substantial increase in instruction and services related to gay and lesbian issues.

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Newcomer High targeted for closure

Despite general assurances that the district wouldn't be closing any schools next year, San Francisco school officials said Monday they will recommend shutting Newcomer High School.

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Revamp simplifies S.F. school choice

A school assignment system that for nearly a decade has failed to desegregate San Francisco's public schools while frustrating parents in its complexity is about to be replaced.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Going Green and Going Global

A San Francisco student talks about attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

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Schools could rent out fields to earn revenues

In this hard economic time, everyone is looking for creative ways to deal with budget cuts.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

We're on YouTube!

Check out our YouTube page to see some of the exciting things students and teachers are doing in SF public schools.

Why I love my S.F. public school: Alvarado

I love Alvarado because the colorful school work on the walls, the shrieks of joy at recess and the camaraderie in the halls tells me our students are getting a quality education that prepares them for middle school and beyond---they are prepared to be citizens of the world.

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High schoolers may have choice of campus

San Francisco students entering high school would continue to choose what school they want to attend rather than be assigned to the campus closest to them under a proposal to revamp the student- assignment process.

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District begins shake-up of assignment system

San Francisco school officials on Tuesday discussed options to overhaul the unpopular student-assignment system for elementary and middle schools, including possibly sending students to the school that is closest to their homes.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

SF middle school jumps for Guiness World Record

80,000 California students are hoping to "jump" right into the record books.

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It may take a lawsuit to preserve schools

On Tuesday night at the San Francisco Board of Education meeting my administration brought forward a preliminary budget proposal that encompassed the next two fiscal years and contains cuts of a magnitude never seen in California public education to date. To say it is a bleak outlook would grossly underestimate the size of the tsunami that is about to hit not only San Francisco's schools but the entire state education system. Yes, these cuts will be greater than those imposed after Prop. 13 and even greater than those experienced during the Great Depression.

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Raise your hand if you're a pencil pusher, please

With the school district facing a $113 million deficit and Superintendent Carlos Garcia calling for labor unions to give serious concessions to close the gap, there have been increasingly loud demands to cut the district's central office instead of schools or teachers.

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Summer school was so last century

The San Francisco school board voted to severely cut summer school classes to help bridge a $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years.

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