When Ruben Urbina was in the fifth grade his parents separated, sending his life into turmoil, he said. The youngster turned to his uncles, brothers and sisters to keep him off the streets.
Today, Urbina is a mentor to students who go through the San Francisco Unified School District and need guidance.
He said he was fortunate enough to have three uncles, two older brothers, one older sister, and a Rec and Park director who kept him on the right path.
“I owe it to these great people to go on and do something great with my life as well,” he said. Read More
The state chancellor for California Community Colleges had a chilling message for the City College of San Francisco board of trustees Thursday: City College is not too big to fail.
Brice Harris spoke directly and candidly to the board about its accreditation and financial crisis. Harris said no other two-year college in the state is in the same situation. He also said the problems with City College are well-documented in the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team’s report released in September, as well as the accreditation report released in July. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District is poised to introduce new principles for including students with disabilities in regular classrooms, but some parents say it’s not going far enough.
The effort is the district’s latest push to educate students with disabilities alongside their nondisabled peers.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Richard Carranza will introduce a proposal that urges school district employees to treat special-education students like general-education students who need additional services. Read More
If City College of San Francisco were to lose its accreditation and close, seven surrounding colleges would be notified in order to ensure all of the current students could transfer and complete their education, according to a new report released by the college. Read More
With an additional $10 million from the state, the University of California system announced Wednesday that it is looking to increase online course offerings to bridge a gap in enrollment.
The UC Board of Regents said it hopes to increase access to a quality education by offering more online core courses to undergraduate students.
“It’s no secret that the University of California has hit a wall with traditional methods,” President Mark Yudof said Wednesday. “The finances no longer exist to support the old model of instruction.” Read More
Drills to prepare San Francisco public school students for gunmen on campus are in the works, as The City reviews security procedures in the wake of several recent high-profile campus shootings.
School districts across the country are reconsidering safety policies after the December massacre of 20 first-graders and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
With only two months left until City College of San Francisco must present a report integral to its survival, officials are worried the college will miss the deadline.
College officials are hoping that an accreditation body will grant them extra time to comply with 14 recommendations necessary to keep their accreditation.
City College was sanctioned in July by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The commission found numerous violations, and college officials must make drastic changes or lose accreditation. Read More
While eating a meal of spaghetti covered in marinara sauce and meatballs, fourth-grader Dennis Arguijo and his friends mused about what foods they would like served at Tenderloin Elementary School.
“Chicken potpies,” Dennis said.
Kristin Richmond, co-founder of Revolution Foods, called over executive chef Amy Klein to talk about the idea.
It was only the third day that Oakland-based Revolution Foods was serving meals at the 114 public schools in The City, and already it was taking requests. Read More
California school officials want to move away from multiple-choice testing and into a format that better rewards critical thinking and problem solving.
The digitally based assessment would not be ready until the 2013-14 school year, but state education officials are in the process of creating it and prepping districts and teachers for the switch. Read More
When the kids arrive back at school Monday in San Francisco after their winter break, fresher new food will be awaiting them for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
The district’s new contract with Oakland’s Revolution Foods survived a legal challenge Friday that sought to keep the old food provider in place. Read More