You probably already know that public schools in California aren’t funded well enough to provide all students with the educational investments they deserve.
And I know you’re thinking, “Right, Richard, we could all use more money.”
But listen to this: California ranks 47th out of 50 states for the amount of funding it gets to educate each student. New York, which also has a high cost of living, gives its K-12 public school districts almost double what California gives us. Read More
This week’s question comes from Zach L. in the Castro: Read More
When Tanya, a senior at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, started high school, she met with a volunteer counselor from the Bar Association who sat down with her to map out her entire high school career. Because of this, Tanya knew exactly what she needed to do to get to college. Read More
Congress is busy working on an immigration overhaul that, if passed, would usher in the most dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system in more than two decades. While much of the focus and attention is on issues of border security, enforcement and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the legislative overhaul now in progress presents an opportunity to advance issues important to the business community. Read More
San Franciscans deserve to know the facts. That is never more certain than when it comes to their health care. Read More
One hundred and seven years ago today, the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, one of the nation’s most significant catastrophes, devastated our city. San Franciscans came together as a community to recover and rebuild the San Francisco that we know and love today. Read More
Before beginning this week’s column, I want to thank the many readers who sent me get-well wishes via the Internet as well as through personal notes. It is very heartwarming to me to not only know that people read this column, but to think that they would take the time out of their day to wish me a speedy recovery. This includes my former neighbors in Forest Hill, the Vukasin family — Vlaho, Yvonne, Michael and Peter. San Francisco is a city with a big heart. Read More
During his visit to China, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted investment opportunities in industries such as clean energy, infrastructure and alternative-fuel vehicles that have the potential to remake California’s economy for decades.
Yet another initiative he highlighted might prove to be more far-reaching — an investment in the capacity of Californians to understand and directly connect with the people now building China’s economy. Read More
I was pushed around for being skinny when I was a kid. Also for wearing an eye patch, for being the smart kid and for always acting like a performer. And did I mention I was called “Petunia”?
It doesn’t take much to make a child feel like an outsider. Most of us have felt that way at one time or another. What can be hard is helping children feel like they belong — like they are part of something bigger than themselves.
That’s what I always worked for as a teacher. Read More
Remember in high school when you had a bad day? Had a stomachache? Or just needed to talk? Maybe there was a nurse who took your temperature and called someone at home to come pick you up. If you were lucky enough to go to a school with a nurse, that is.
Guess what our high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District get now? Way more. Read More