Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why I love my S.F. public school

This morning the Chronicle ran a story reporting that San Francisco schools are facing a $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years -- a staggering figure that would mean layoffs, cuts to popular programs like summer school and increases in class size.

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San Francisco school truancy program gets grant

A day after San Francisco school officials outlined a desperate plan to cut costs that included boosting class sizes and cutting summer school, city leaders on Wednesday countered with an announcement of new federal funds to help chronically truant students get back on track.

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$113 million, 2-year, S.F. schools cut asked

San Francisco's school Superintendent Carlos Garcia laid out his plan Tuesday to bridge an expected $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years, describing it as a long list of "horrible and deplorable" cuts that rival those experienced during the Great Depression.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Funding Our Future: Town Hall Meeting

San Francisco Unified School District is facing an unprecedented budget crisis. Join a coalition of parents and city organizations in a discussion moderated by KQED's Michael Krasny.

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In the News: Cuts needed amid S.F. schools' $113 million gap

San Francisco schools are facing a $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years - a staggering figure that would mean layoffs, cuts to popular programs like summer school and increases in class size.

Read more in the SF Chronicle ...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In the News: Schools switch sugars in chocolate milk

Berkeley Farms is swapping the type of sugar it uses in the nonfat chocolate milk it ships to schools after San Francisco parents complained that the high-fructose corn syrup added to sweeten the milk is unhealthy for their children - a switch that does nothing to improve the nutritional value, experts say.

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In the News: State joins federal Race to the Top

When President Obama talks about turning around the lowest performing schools in the country with the Race to the Top education reform effort, he's talking about schools like San Francisco's Malcolm X Academy.


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Friday, January 15, 2010

In the News: New leadership, new rules on the school board

The school board gavel changed hands this week as the seven commissioners elected Jane Kim to the presidency and Hydra Mendoza as the vice president at their meeting Tuesday.

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In the News: Summer classes face budget ax

Budget cuts likely will ax summer classes as The City’s school district makes moves to close a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

In the News: Principal boots cop over student's arrest

A San Francisco police officer was ordered out of John O'Connell High School for arresting an alleged gang member in connection with a double homicide without first consulting the principal.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Parents select schools, await fate

It took three months of touring a dozen of San Francisco’s public kindergarten programs for one mother to narrow her list to the maximum seven elementary schools allowed on the district’s school assignment application.

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In the news: SFUSD may refuse federal funding if strings attached

The San Francisco Unified School District is expected to sign up to receive federal funding under President Barack Obama’s new Race to the Top initiative, but Superintendent Carlos Garcia said it would pull out of the program if it’s reform measures are too strict.

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