In the Lincoln High School cafeteria in January, an inspector from the Department of Public Health found a mouse body on a glue trap behind a food container in a storage room. The school also was cited for failing to maintain perishable foods at the proper temperature.
These violations should have garnered a follow-up, but a recent interview with city officials shows that any such inspection — or correctional actions — either didn’t occur or weren’t documented. Read More
More than 4,000 San Francisco high schoolers will visit college campuses in The City Friday for the first “Frisco Day” to give them a chance learn about the transition from high school to college.This is all happening weeks before they will graduate as part of the class of 2011. Read More
A San Francisco charter school that has broken ties with a controversial national company is making its third try this school year to win renewal of its charter.
Edison Charter Academy’s charter is scheduled to run out this school year, but some board members say the school should have reapplied as a new charter school after it broke away from its controversial parent company. Read More
Following a state audit of attendance rates, 18 out of 105 San Francisco public schools with after-school programs are losing some grant funding. But school district officials said the reductions will not affect the ability to serve students.
Click on the photo at right to see a chart on school funding. Read More
An elementary school in San Francisco’s Balboa Terrace neighborhood was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a small gas leak, a fire department spokeswoman said.The leak was reported at about 11 a.m. at Commodore Sloat Elementary School at 50 Darien Way, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.There was a strong smell of gas in a classroom, which prompted the evacuation of the entire school, Talmadge said. Read More
Two San Mateo County school districts are preparing to open new schools to keep pace with a rising number of elementary students.
Both the Burlingame and San Mateo-Foster City school districts are moving forward with opening new elementary schools to alleviate crowded classrooms.
Burlingame’s K-5 population throughout its five elementary schools increased nearly 26 percent from 2001 to 2009, from 1,466 to 1,846, according to California Department of Education data. Read More
A budget gap of nearly $109 million over the next two years is predicted for San Francisco schools, which could mean deeper cuts to programs, larger class sizes and even school closures under the worst-case scenario.
The grim budget forecast was outlined Tuesday night to the Board of Education.
“What we have ahead of us is totally unacceptable,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia told board members at the start of the meeting. “This is one of the worst scenarios I’ve ever seen.” Read More
The Upward Bound program based at the University of San Francisco has been saved, according to university officials.The program, which is federally funded to help low-income and at-risk teens prepare for college, was in danger of being evicted after 40 years at the private university because of a “space crunch.”University officials announced Monday, though, that they had reached an agreement with program officials to allow Upward Bound to stay on campus. Read More
The already-striking disparities in student spending between Peninsula school districts could grow even larger with deep state budget cuts looming, local educators warn.
The differences can be stark, even among neighboring districts. While the Redwood City School District spent $5,251 on each of its roughly 9,000 students in the 2009-10 school year, the one-school Woodside Elementary School District spent $17,320 on each of its 450 kids, according to data compiled by Redwood City officials. Read More
School districts in San Carlos and Daly City are hoping voters will soften the blow from state funding cuts by approving parcel taxes during a special all-mail election this month. The marquee contest for the May 3 special election is the race for an open San Mateo County supervisor seat, but the San Carlos School District and Jefferson Union High School District also have parcel taxes on the ballot. Read More