California community college students could have more summer and winter course options, albeit at more than triple the current cost, under a bill being discussed by the state Legislature.
Assembly Bill 955, which the state Senate has taken up, aims to address the budget cuts-induced course shortfall statewide. It would allow schools such as City College of San Francisco to offer extension courses during the summer and winter to students who could not get classes they need to finish their degrees or complete transfers to four-year universities. Read More
University of California medical center workers in San Francisco and several other cities statewide began a two-day strike Tuesday.
The strike, organized by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, started at medical facilities at UC San Francisco, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, union officials said.
Employees represented by AFSCME include respiratory therapists, nursing aides, radiologists, MRI technologists and various technicians, according to the union. Read More
When Alex Cocoles encountered a tough question on his Advanced Placement chemistry exam a month ago, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory senior did not fret — he knew exactly how the chemical reaction in a battery works thanks to the marshmallow fight in Dr. Ramsey Musallam’s class. Read More
It took a lot of hard work and determination, but Lea Lunden, a San Francisco State University psychology student, successfully secured an alternate graduation location.
Lunden had been searching for a place she and her 300 psychology classmates could celebrate their accomplishments with their loved ones since she heard in February that the department’s official ceremony aboard a Hornblower cruise would price many families out. Read More
A City College of San Francisco student magazine captured second place in a prestigious journalism competition this week.
Etc. Magazine, produced by the CCSF journalism department, placed second in the Best Student Magazine category of a national competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The magazine snagged the honor by beating out publications from several four-year universities, like Syracuse, Ohio University and Drake. Read More
Six current or former employees of the San Francisco Unified School District are facing embezzlement and fraud charges stemming from the alleged misuse of an estimated $15 million in grant funding, the district attorney announced Tuesday.
Money earmarked to provide students with support services, nutritional programs and violence-prevention programs was allegedly directed into bonuses, slush funds and unwarranted pay increases. Read More
Seven of City College of San Francisco’s campuses make money for the district, despite anecdotes that have been used in discussing possible closures as the community college district works to overhaul its system. Read More
According to California Watch, an affiliate of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the California Teachers Association was the state’s most generous political contributor between 2001 and 2011. The total amount calculated by California Watch doesn’t even include the $75 million that the group un-ironically spent last fall to defeat a ballot measure that would prohibit public employee unions from contributing to political campaigns. Read More
Four years ago, students at Everett Middle School were afraid to walk the halls. The campus, located on the border of the Castro and Mission districts, had a reputation for violence and low test scores. The San Francisco Unified School District decided to turn to the federal government for help.
Now, the changes made possible through the School Improvement Grants program are noticeable — and federal and state officials have taken notice as well, citing San Francisco as a model for how to approach underperforming schools and how to fund them. Read More
A complaint filed against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges requests the removal of the harshest sanction issued against City College of San Francisco, claiming the commission violated “federal law, state law and their own guidelines.”
The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which jointly filed the claim this week, say the commission is designed to review CCSF’s educational program but that instead it evaluated the administration and finances, among other things. Read More