Pedestrian safety and transit advocates touted the implementation of 15 mph speed limits at 181 school zones in San Francisco, the completion of a project that began last year.
Under a state law passed in 2008, local jurisdictions can enforce the lower speed limits as long as they are within 500 feet of a school and are located on two-way streets. More than 180 public and private schools in The City meet the criteria. Read More
Angered by budget cuts proposed by the San Francisco Unified School District, the teachers union is one step closer to striking after 97 percent of the nearly 2,000 teachers who showed up to a general membership meeting Thursday cast ballots in favor of calling a vote to strike.
“We’ve never had a strike vote with that many people voting and that high a percentage,” said Matthew Hardy, a spokesman for the union. Turnout was about 32 percent of the union’s membership. Read More
It isn’t often that Cesar Chavez Elementary in the Mission has out-of-town visitors, but on a recent afternoon school staffer Carlo Solis led a dozen people from as far away as Washington, D.C., across the yard.
As children in the after-school program tossed a rubber ball around beneath a colorful mural of the school’s namesake, Solis offered tips on how to get busy parents to come to school events. Read More
San Francisco State University will have a new president beginning in August, the college announced Thursday.
The California State University board of trustees selected Leslie Wong to take over for retiring President Robert Corrigan, who has led S.F. State since 1988. Wong has served for the past eight years as president of Northern Michigan University, in Marquette, Mich. Read More
San Francisco’s school board voted Tuesday to lay off 218 faculty and staff, including 65 at the Superintendent’s Zones in the Mission and Bayview whom the district had hoped to spare by casting aside seniority. Read More
A well-regarded nationwide chain of charter schools is seeking to open a high school in San Francisco in 2013.
Knowledge Is Power Program, which is better known as KIPP and has operated two middle schools in The City for nearly a decade, has petitioned the San Francisco Unified School District for a charter to open a high school. The chain includes 61 middle, 30 elementary and 18 high schools in urban areas nationwide. Read More
As negotiations over an employment contract appear to have stalled, the San Francisco Unified School District’s teachers union will meet next week for the first of two votes that could authorize leaders to call for a strike.
In an email to members, United Educators of San Francisco said the district was demanding too many spending cuts, despite what union leaders said were millions of dollars in resources the district could use to prevent layoffs and give teachers a 2 percent raise. Teachers last received a raise, of 1.5 percent, in 2008. Read More
City College of San Francisco Chancellor Don Griffin stepped down at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday night.
College officials said in March that Griffin would retire this summer, but two weeks ago he announced that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and would leave sooner than planned. He will undergo surgery later this month, he told students and faculty in an email. Read More
Frustrated by continued cuts to the California State University system, faculty at San Francisco State and the system’s other 22 campuses have spent the past two weeks voting on whether to authorize a series of two-day strikes in May.
Local union officials say they are confident the majority of members will have cast their ballots for the strike when voting wraps up today. Read More
San Francisco’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to levy a special property tax that will cover seismic and safety upgrades to schools.
The board’s decision to levy the tax in 2012-13 was a formality, as voters already authorized the measure by a two-thirds majority in June 2010. Read More