The San Francisco Unified School District board of education tonight will discuss a proposal to reduce yellow school bus service to nearly a dozen schools, a district spokeswoman said.The district is considering cutting the number of school buses that serve The City’s schools from 44 to 25 over the next three years, spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.The service reduction is a response to recent budget cuts and also aims to align the bus routes with the new student placement policy approved by the district last year, Blythe said. Read More
As many as six people have been suspended from attending or playing in high school basketball games following a fight that broke out in the stands after a game last month, according to the governing body of high school athletics.On Jan. 18, a fight erupted after Thurgood Marshall Academic High School lost to Lincoln High. As many as 20 people were reportedly involved in the incident at Lincoln, though no injuries were reported. Read More
Photos and a letter were among the items found when a time capsule from 100 years ago was opened by students at San Francisco’s Cleveland Elementary School on Wednesday morning, school district officials said.The time capsule was hidden at the school, located at 455 Athens St. in The City’s Excelsior district, when the building was first completed in 1910, San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. Read More
Students at San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School will experience a blast from the past this morning when a time capsule from 100 years ago is opened.The time capsule was hidden in a "keystone area" of the school, located at 455 Athens St., when the building was first completed in 1910, San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said.
For a slideshow of the event, click on the photo to the right. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District could face a budget deficit as large as $20 million next school year if the tax package extensions proposed by the governor are not approved by voters in June. Myong Leigh, the deputy superintendent of policy and operations at the district, gave a brief budgetary outline to the San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday night in order to prepare the governing body for the potential cuts. Read More
More than 4,000 San Francisco children could lose important services under a gubernatorial budget proposal that would reduce First 5 funding by 50 percent.First 5 was created in 1998 as part of Proposition 10’s 50-cent tax increase on cigarettes sales. The organization provides children through age 5 with education, health services and child care, among dozens of other programs. Read More
A campus advisory panel has recommended consolidating San Francisco State University’s eight colleges to six, a move that could ultimately save 200 classes and prevent layoffs.Last week, the University Planning Advisory Council recommended combining ethnic studies and education into a single department and merging foreign languages and humanities into a liberal arts college.To move forward, the proposal must receive support from SFSU President Robert Corrigan, who would then decide if it should be voted on by the university’s 1,500 faculty members. Read More
The sunny weather Thursday may be putting San Franciscans in a good mood, but a group of students at a Sunset District middle school are being told to slap a grin on their faces as "Smile Day" is under way.
As part of the San Francisco Unified School District's "Respect Week," students at A.P. Giannini Middle School are being asked to show off their pearly whites.
"The reason 'Smile Day' is important is because people seem approachable and friendly, and it's much easier to get along when someone appears friendly," district spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. Read More
A longer school day might be in the future for middle school students.
The possibility of going from six to seven periods each school day was raised Tuesday night at a Board of Education meeting. The topic came up during a discussion of San Francisco Unified School District’s new school-assignment process.
Adding an extra period would mean sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders would be in class nearly an hour longer each day.
Increasing the school day does come with a price, however. Read More
Three of the seven middle-school students hospitalized last week for ingesting rat poison have been suspended for offering the chemical to their peers, school district officials said Wednesday. The offending students had peer-pressured the others to eat the poison as candy, according to an investigation by the district. Read More