Tuesday, July 20, 2010

School year shrinking as budget crisis grows

Just as education experts are encouraging more classroom time to improve student grades and test scores, many California districts are moving in the opposite direction by shortening their school year amid a sustained and draining budget crisis.

Read more in the Chronicle.

Public schools may increase job training

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's legislation that is intended to increase job-training curriculum in the San Francisco Unified School District comes before the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee on Monday.

Read more at the SF Examiner.

For parents, shortened school year raises anxieties and costs

For some low-income parents, the decision by many school districts to shorten the school year has raised anxieties about the extra costs it could impose on them.

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.

California OKs 'bad' schools list for transfers

The state Board of Education put a stamp of approval Thursday on a list of 1,000 schools deemed so bad that parents will have the right to transfer their children to a better school in their district or any other district - this school year.

Read more in the Chronicle.

Snack attack: Schools try to get the junk out

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's not hard to figure out that stocking school vending machines with sugary sodas and salty, fatty snacks is a bad idea. Replacing those culinary culprits with something more nutritious is tougher.

But a growing number of school districts around the country are trying anyway.

Read more at Google.com.

Summer students learn to Aim High

With state budget cuts turning summer school into the educational equivalent of the eight-track tape, struggling students have fewer free options available academically while many of their peers head off to costly camps or private programs.

Read more in the Chronicle

Monday, July 12, 2010

SF schools saving energy to save cash

SAN FRANCISCO — Saving on energy bills will net cash for San Francisco schools during a push for sustainability next school year. Nik Kaestner, director of sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District, said schools that reduced their gas, heating, electric and water bills will get half of the savings put back into their budgets.

Read more at the SF Examiner.

A Classroom in a Garden

Richard Swerdlow's elementary school has a garden where students grow vegetables and flowers -- and get an education in science, math and much more.

Hear more on KQED.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

5 Bay Area schools receive school garden grants

Five Bay Area garden education programs landed grants to help boost their efforts to provide school children with healthy snacks, nutrition education and information about where their food comes from, according to a prepared statement from the Western Growers Foundation.

Read more in the SJ Mercury News.

S.F. to reform 9 schools, shut 1 to get grants

San Francisco will shut down one school and overhaul nine others in a bid for millions of dollars in federal funding to help turn around the city's lowest performing schools, district officials announced Friday.

Read more in the Chronicle.

San Francisco Flunks Failing Schools

San Francisco is shutting down one school and making changes to nine others as officials try to secure federal funding intended to boost the test scores of the city's worst performing students.

View story at NBCbayarea.com

SF to Close Willie Brown Academy; Reform 9 Others

San Francisco is shutting down one school and making changes to nine others as officials try to secure federal funding intended to boost the test scores of the city's worst performing students.

View story at KPIX.com

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kids could be going to school closer to home if voters comply

As my mother likes to remind me during the holidays, I don’t have any children. This fact generally makes me reluctant to write about kid-related issues like education, but today I have to make an exception because I listed some possible ballot measures last week and inadvertently left one off the list: Students First.

Read more at the SF Examiner.

Lawsuit Aims to Overhaul Public School Funding

We're on the case! Stanford Law School's Bill Koski tells us about Robles-Wong v. California, a major lawsuit claiming the way California funds its public schools violates our state constitution.

See more at NBC Bay Area.

The Giving State: Skateboarding Students

In our occasional series profiling people who volunteer in California, we meet Shane Medanich, a San Francisco teacher who stays after school to supervise a skate park he built for students

Hear this story on KQED