If City College of San Francisco’s efforts to pass a parcel tax in November pay off, eliminated classes could be restored and campuses would remain open.
The $79-a-year parcel tax, known as Proposition A, would raise $17 million annually for eight years for the struggling institution.
Nearly 100 supporters — including politicians, students, community groups and school administrators — stood on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to officially support the measure, urging voters to give the school the funding it desperately needs. Read More
The search for a permanent chancellor at City College of San Francisco has been halted to allow trustees and college officials to focus on keeping the school’s accreditation.
John Rizzo, president of the board of trustees, said that given all the challenges CCSF faces, the institution needs to find a long-term interim chancellor to help fix the problems.
“They have to focus on accreditation,” Rizzo said. “That’s something an interim would be more willing to do.” Read More
City College of San Francisco has been scrutinized by accreditors for weak leadership and poor financial planning in recent months, and now the troubled college is facing off with the state’s pension system for public teachers.
A recent audit by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System found that for nearly two decades, the college has signed up administrators who were never legally eligible for pension benefits.
The pension fund also found multiple problems with the way CCSF reported salaries used to calculate pensions. Read More
More California students than ever before are proficient in math and English, according to test scores from the last school year that were released by the California Department of Education on Friday.
Scroll down to read the full test results for the San Francisco Unified School District.
The percentage of students testing proficient in English increased to 57 percent, a 4 percent gain. In math, the figure rose 1 percent to 51 percent. Read More
State community college officials are hoping to save their system from devastating cuts with the passage of Proposition 30 this November. But if the measure fails, they’re unsure whether tuition will increase.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott said Wednesday that Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to increase sales taxes and income taxes would give the state’s 112 community colleges an additional $210 million. Passage of the measure would allow them to increase enrollment and class offerings. Without that revenue, Scott said, more cuts will occur. Read More
City College of San Francisco officials have a lot of work ahead of them as they labor to save the school’s accreditation and avoid financial ruin.
Before the college received word from the Accreditation Commission for California Community and Junior Colleges in July that it would need to “show cause” to receive a renewal of its accreditation, the board of trustees asked for an independent review of its finances.
The results were crushing. Read More
City College of San Francisco trustees on Thursday said they are considering bringing in a special trustee on their own as the school works to keep its accreditation.
At a board meeting Thursday, trustees worried that if they did not bring on help, it would be imposed upon them by the state, which could result in less control over the process. In July, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges released a report showing many violations at CCSF and made 14 recommendations for improvement. Read More
Many more black and Hispanic sophomores in San Francisco public schools passed the high school
exit exam in 2012 than in prior years, but those gains didn’t necessarily occur at the schools receiving extra resources to help minorities succeed.
Among Hispanic 10th-graders, 66 percent passed the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam, up from 60 percent in 2011. And 70 percent passed the English-language portion, up from 62 percent in 2011, according to data from the California Department of Education. Read More
Out with the old and in with the new. That is what the top state education official is pushing educators to embrace as he encourages
the use of technology in classrooms.
Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of schools, took to Twitter on Thursday morning to interact with educators and the public as well as to share recommendations from his No Child Left Offline initiative. He said he hopes technology — including the use of smartphones — will be included rather than shunned in schools. Read More
With three seats open on the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education, 12 people are hoping to fill one of those spots, including all three incumbents.
Sandra Lee Fewer, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns are all hoping to serve another four years on the board that oversees the administrative and policy operations of The City’s 55,000-student public school district. The top three vote-getters will each serve four-year terms.
The deadline for candidates to file was Wednesday. Read More