Thursday, August 26, 2010

Low-performing schools get $45M in financial aid

San Francisco school officials at O’Connell High School in the Mission District praised a $45 million windfall for poor-performing schools on Tuesday, even as school officials across the state lamented the loss of hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars.

Read more in the SF Examiner.

Mayor Newsom Asks For Community's Help In Reporting, Reducing Truancy

School district officials and representatives from the Police Department and community-based organizations joined San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Tuesday to recruit community members to help in a new collaborative effort to reduce truancy in city schools.

See more at Fox News.

More students passing high school exit exam

Five years after high school students were first required to pass the exit exam to graduate, state data released Tuesday shows that more and more of them are passing the exam by the end of their senior year.

Read more in the Chronicle.

S.F. lawyer accused of fraud in autism care

A former partner at a well-known law firm and his marketing consultant wife were arrested Wednesday on felony charges of bilking the San Francisco school district and private insurers out of about $400,000 via fraudulent bills for treatment of their autistic son, officials say.

Read more in the Chronicle.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Extreme volunteering not the answer for schools

After Thursday's column on the difficulties of getting into a reasonably good San Francisco public school, a frustrated parent wrote to say that they'd tried to make it work, but were resigned to moving to the suburbs.

Read more: in the Chronicle

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Progress seen in student test results

If slow and steady wins the race, California schools will eventually emerge victorious in significantly raising student proficiency levels in math and English, but at the current pace, it will take years if not decades.

Read more in the Chronicle.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Truants threatened with legal action

High school students who ditch too many classes could face legal problems under a new strategy from District Attorney Kamala Harris to curb truancy.

Read more in the SF Examiner.

Tough solutions for high school truancy rate

San Francisco's Truancy Reduction Initiative has been a success - albeit a qualified one. Over the past three-plus years, the program has improved attendance in the San Francisco Unified School District by about 33 percent.

Read more in the Chronicle.

S.F.'s low-performing Muir School starts over

John Muir Elementary School is officially one of the worst public schools in the state. Despite years of local, state and federal intervention that brought the school more money and additional staffing, it has failed to budge from the bottom of the barrel - a "1-1" school five years running, the lowest possible ranking when it comes to California's standardized test scores.

Read more in the Chronicle.

San Francisco freshmen on the college path

When the freshman class members of San Francisco high schools walk through the doors on their first day of school Monday, they will already be on the path to a college education.

Read more in the
SF Examiner.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Unexpected cash is cool for schools

San Francisco school kids may or may not be happy about Tuesday’s news – but teachers probably will be.

A federal stimulus passed by U.S. Congress on Tuesday will mean an unexpected cash infusion for school districts across the country, including San Francisco’s.


Read more in the SF Examiner.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SFUSD awarded foreign language grant

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been awarded a Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant by the US Department of Education for Russian and Japanese heritage non-native English speakers enrolled in schools within the District.



Read more in Asian Week.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Federal bailout may help Bay Area teachers

The U.S. Senate cleared the way for $10 billion in emergency education aid to reach districts across the country before the start of the school year, saving or re-instating the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers.

View story on KGO-TV.

Reduced school year poised to return to normal

The four days erased from the school year in San Francisco classrooms could be penciled back in after the U.S. Senate passed an extension of a piece of the federal stimulus package.

Read more in the Examiner.