The San Francisco Unified School District stands to gain nearly $4,000 per student under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student-funding formula, which still faces an uphill fight to become reality.
The proposal, released this week by the California Department of Finance, would also give districts statewide more local control over how they spend the money. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District could be considered for a No Child Left Behind waiver independent of the state.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is talking with school districts about how to free them from unworkable parts of the federal law, signaling he is open to an approach he long tried to avoid. Read More
The popularity of certain majors at San Francisco State University is preventing students from getting classes and graduating on time, but the administration is proposing a plan to clear out the bottleneck and put undergraduates in lectures they need.
The proposal would label nine existing majors as “impacted,” which means there isn’t enough room for the number of qualified applicants. As a result, it would be tough for new students to get into the major. Read More
City College of San Francisco officials say progress has been made on a key report designed to persuade an education panel not to strip the school’s accreditation, but they agreed Thursday evening that much work still remains before a March 15 deadline.
Accreditation liaison Gohar Momjian told the trustees that college officials should be honest about whether their progress to date meets the standards set forth by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. And in many cases, she said, it does not. Read More
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.