Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Students admitted to college, offered scholarships at first-of-its-kind college recruitment fair in SF

Laura Dudnick | SF Examiner

Mission High School senior Demerius Durham smiled modestly yet excitedly as he clutched a cellphone to his ear at a first-of-its-kind college recruitment fair in San Francisco on Monday.

"Dad, guess what?" the 17-year-old student said into the phone. "I got $30,000 in scholarships from one college."

Durham's acceptance into South Carolina's Benedict College -- which he achieved by presenting his transcripts and filling out an application -- was among dozens of on-the-spot admissions offered Monday at 32 schools in the U.S. as part of The City's first Historically Black College Recruitment Fair sponsored by the United College Action Network.

The recruitment fair -- established in 1999 by the nonprofit U-CAN to assist students in attending historically black colleges and universities -- will reach about 1,000 students at each of its 12 stops in California and Nevada on its 14-day tour this month, said Alan Rowe, who founded U-CAN with his wife, Donna, in 1988.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Salesforce CEO donates millions to SF schools

It's Christmas in September for San Francisco public school students. CEO Marc Benioff announced the company is giving $5 million to improve technology and buy more iPads. This is Benioff's second major donation to the school district.
A $5 million donation by Marc Benioff and Salesforce will help purchase:

  • more iPads and Chromebooks

  • better Wi-Fi at schools

  • train teachers and hire more technology instructors

  • This is for all middle schools including the K-8 ones.

    "There is no greater joy in life than giving," said Benioff.


    California, and SFUSD, lead way on multiculturalism at schools

    The state of public education in California is often cited as a bellwether for the rest of the country — although not always as a harbinger of good things to come. During the past decade, when academics and advocates referred to California’s education system, it was as a muddled model — low scores on national tests; underfunded schools; lawsuits stemming from unequal access to qualified teachers.

    Those problems persist, but now, California is emerging as a national leader in promoting multiculturalism in schools. At the start of this school year, the rest of the country arrived at a place that California reached in the 1988-89 school year, with public schools enrolling a majority of minority students.

    Although it varies from state to state, of the 50 million students enrolled in public schools nationwide this year, more than 25 million, or just over half, are Latino, African American, Asian and Native American, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. California is an outlier with three-quarters minority students.

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