Hard to believe it, but it’s April and time again for our students to take the California Standardized Testing and Reporting tests.
Teachers and education officials use the results of STAR tests to identify individual student progress, as well as trends in how well groups of students are learning the standards in order to improve educational programs. Read More
Forty-three years ago, California adopted one of the nation’s most foresighted environmental protection laws, the California Environmental Quality Act, which is known as CEQA. The law encourages our elected officials to “look before they leap” and make decisions based on an objective analysis of a proposed project’s impacts on the environment. Read More
This week’s question comes from Sarah C. in Daly City: Read More
San Francisco’s planning approval process is notoriously difficult, often taking months — and sometimes a decade or more — to approve a project. The City’s lengthy process can add significantly to a developer’s costs. These costs are impacting the pace of development and the type of projects that get built in The City. Read More
As the legal status of gay families is debated nationally, I assure you that here in the San Francisco Unified School District, we continue to see all families as equally important and celebrate that our families come in all forms.
Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy talked about the fact that as many as 40,000 children in California live with same-sex parents, and he posed that children may be adversely affected by their parents not being allowed to marry. Read More
Today’s price to live in San Francisco is $1 million for a modest home or thousands a month for a market-rate apartment. That’s the reality of supply and demand when 800,000 people want to live on a tiny peninsula where Tartine scones and Bi-Rite Creamery can be found on the same Mission district block. Read More
This week’s column is a followup to last week’s question from Marissa C., who fell on some stairs in her senior living community. She wanted to know whether there are safety regulations for stairways in apartments and commercial buildings, and whether violation of those regulations can lead to legal liability. Read More
This week is spring break for San Francisco’s public schools, which means students get a brief change of routine before going back to their spring semester classes.
But taking a break from the classroom doesn’t necessarily mean the learning stops. In fact, the change in routine can reinforce what kids have been studying in school. The time off is the perfect chance to show your child how what he or she learns in school relates to the everyday world around us. Read More
Decades of free access to public-court files would end under a proposal in Gov. Jerry Brown’s preliminary budget.
We write this on behalf of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club board of directors, which strongly opposes the proposal. But why should you?
Because free access to public records is a cornerstone of our democracy. Free access to public records makes it more difficult for those doing wrong to hide. Read More
Central to Nathan Lean’s claim that our American Freedom Defense Initiative ads spread “hate” is his charge that the ads “suggest collective guilt on the part of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims for acts of terrorism.” Yet nowhere do our ads suggest any such thing. Instead, they highlight real hatred and incitement to violence from influential Muslim leaders and spokesmen. Muslims and non-Muslims who abhor and oppose that hatred and incitement should be standing with us, not condemning us. Read More