When Amber Lancaster’s students heard she was planning to spend six weeks in Antarctica, they were surprised, to say the least.“I thought it was kind of insane, because Antarctica is really desolate — at least, that’s what I thought,” said Roger Davila, 17, a senior in Lancaster’s marine biology class at the June Jordan School for Equity in the Excelsior district. Read More
San Francisco has long been wary of chain stores, which neighborhood activists say detract from The City’s unique character. But bank branches were left out of a 2006 ordinance that subjects other chains to special “conditional use” approval from the planning commission. Read More
Voters in the Brisbane Elementary School District on Tuesday were close to rejecting a $156 annual parcel tax that school officials say would have closed a $500,000 budget deficit.
Because the measure involved a tax, it was required to pass by two-thirds of the vote. With 1,218 votes cast, 65.7 percent voted for Measure Q, falling short of the threshold. Read More
The Board of Education voted Tuesday to sell a school building that has been vacant for a decade in a deal with San Francisco State University that will net the school district nearly $11 million.
“This ... sale represents a great opportunity for our school district and San Francisco State,” said Deputy Superintendent Richard Carranza. Read More
The man who will most likely be the next San Francisco Unified School District superintendent has promised a smooth transition with no surprises if he takes the helm this summer.“If anyone’s expecting a radically different direction, that’s not going to be the case,” Richard Carranza, currently the district’s deputy superintendent, said in an interview with The S.F. Examiner. Read More
The Tenderloin Health Clinic is closing Friday, but AIDS patients who have relied on the clinic for healthcare will be able to seek help at the clinic’s Golden Gate Avenue storefront.The Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center will take over healthcare and case management for people with AIDS and HIV beginning Monday. The 150 regular clients will continue to work with the same doctors, nurses and case workers at 187 Golden Gate Ave. Read More
The University of San Francisco is almost as old as The City. It is the alma mater of former mayors and other local politicians. But faculty, administrators and students are frustrated that many San Franciscans don’t even recognize its initials.“Oh, you mean UCSF? Great medical school,” joked David Macmillan, the university’s vice president for communications and marketing. Read More
Sean FitzHowardThe Lowell High School junior received the Youth Engagement Award from the Bay Nature Institute this year. She founded her school’s Protect the Bay Club two years ago to educate her peers about San Francisco Bay and inspire them to preserve it. The club’s documentary, “The Mermaid — A Story of Restoration,” won this year’s San Francisco Ocean Film Festival student competition.
How does your club protect the Bay?
We do fundraising. Last year, we donated $500 to Save the Bay. We do habitat restoration. Read More
A $500,000 budget deficit may force the Brisbane Elementary School District to lay off nearly one-third of its teachers this year, unless voters approve a $156 annual parcel tax in a special election Tuesday, school board members said. Read More
The professor in the politics department at the University of San Francisco is also the founder of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for girls and young women in Kenya. Earlier this year, the White House honored the Kenya native as one of 14 “Champions of Change” with roots in East Africa.What was it like being honored at the White House? Incredible! For me, it’s a life-defining experience. Read More
Dozens of protesters were arrested Monday afternoon after police raided a vacant building that had been taken over Sunday by members of Occupy San Francisco.The building, at 888 Turk St. in the Western Addition, had been occupied since Sunday evening by dozens of demonstrators who dubbed it the “San Francisco Commune.” According to a brochure they distributed at the site, it was intended to be “a perpetual, autonomous headquarters for the Occupy SF movement.” Read More
It’s a dilemma that schools face every year. While the fate of teachers, principals and even school districts hangs on scores from federally mandated standardized testing, students themselves have little stake in the reams of bubble sheets they must fill out each spring. Read More
In recent years, parents and educators have become increasingly concerned about dating violence among high school students. But a new study unveiled at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in San Francisco on Thursday shows abusive relationships can begin as early as middle school. Read More
A suspect in a stabbing at the Occupy San Francisco encampment is behind bars thanks to the quick thinking of a fellow protester who made a citizen’s arrest Thursday morning.
“Everybody’s accepted as part of the 99 percent, but if you’re here to harm, or steal from or in any other way give disrepute to Occupy, then we will police ourselves,” said Nick Shaw, 32, the protester who apprehended the suspect. Read More
Nine public elementary schools in San Francisco and six on the Peninsula were among the 2012 California Distinguished Schools announced by the state Thursday. The 387 schools were recognized for innovative programs helping to close the achievement gap between the test scores of black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers. “Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence,” state Public Instruction Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a statement. Read More