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
As it embraces reforms to avoid losing its accreditation, City College of San Francisco is getting a more clearly defined administrative structure aimed at eliminating redundant jobs and saving money.
Starting in July, the school’s 61 departments will be grouped together under eight schools, each supervised by a single dean. Meanwhile, an unspecified number of faculty members will lose their titles as department chairs. Read More
The company that just failed to secure renewal of its food contract for San Francisco schools is suing the district.
Preferred Meal Systems of Berkeley, Ill., had held the contract for breakfasts, snacks and lunches served at San Francisco Unified School District campuses since 2003. In early October, the district put the $9 million contract out to bid. Officials said they wanted to move away from serving pre-prepared meals that were cooked, frozen, shipped across the country and then reheated. Read More
Chris Jackson will officially be sworn in to another term on City College of San Francisco’s board of trustees Monday after filing the late paperwork he was missing. Read More
Tired of purchasing gift wrap, candy or popcorn that would just sit in a closet somewhere, Stacey Boyd thought there must be an easier way to raise money for her children’s schools.
Like many modern entrepreneurs, she found the solution online. Boyd founded the San Francisco-based Schoola.com, a one-stop location for parents, teachers and community members to partner with businesses and give proceeds to schools anywhere in the country.
“It’s really a way to help schools fill the pretty devastating gap we’ve seen in funding over the past four years,” Boyd said. Read More
Students in both the California State University and University of California systems have had to absorb massive budget cuts in recent years through rising fees. But thanks to legislation taking effect in the new year, governing boards for higher education will have to bring students to the table before any fee increases are implemented.
California Assembly Bill 970 requires trustees and regents to create a list of factors to consider before increasing fees, and it also requires those governing boards to provide annual expenditures to the state Legislature. Read More
When Matt Haney is sworn in as the seventh and newest member of the San Francisco Board of Education in January, he will be entering a challenging world.
“I’m terrified,” Haney said. “But I think I should be terrified because the responsibility is that important.”
The 30-year-old executive director of the University of California Student Association and his new colleagues will face budget deficits and a loss of federal funding dollars for certain programs while attempting to address the student achievement gap, among other tasks. Read More
School officials want to encourage contractors to hire local workers under a resolution the Board of Education is expected to discuss in the coming weeks.
Although the San Francisco Unified School District currently encourages the practice, the resolution would firmly state the goals of the district: supporting the local workforce. Read More
Chris Jackson was re-elected to his position on the City College of San Francisco board of trustees last month, but he might have to forfeit the seat if he does not submit certain paperwork before the official swearing-in ceremony.
According to the Ethics Commission, Jackson failed to file updated campaign finance reports on July 31, Oct. 5 and Oct. 30. He also has not satisfied the requirements to complete training on campaign finance. Read More