The Obama administration will not budge in its zero-tolerance approach to dealing with the nation’s lowest-achieving schools – 10 of which are in San Francisco, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller said during a visit Monday to a Mission district elementary school. Read More
They say 49ers kicker Joe Nedney is Mr. Dependable on the football field — but could he be more dependable than a robot that kicks field goals?
We will find out today at Kezar Stadium, where Nedney and a robot named Ziggy are set to battle in a man vs. machine field-goal contest that has the 49ers’ kicker a bit nervous about losing his spot on the team.
“If the Niners officials are out there watching this thing, my job might be in jeopardy,” Nedney said jokingly during a radio interview Friday. Read More
The fate of 10 public schools in The City that made the state’s persistently lowest-performing list will be a topic for discussion at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
Schools that made the list are forced to choose from a short list of draconian reform measures. The reform options include sacking the principal and staff, outright closure or becoming a charter school.
The schools will receive government funding to implement the reforms. Read More
The eagerly awaited development of the long-shuttered Alexandria Theater site in the Richmond district is at last gaining ground.
Detailed plans are set to be revealed within three weeks, and a groundbreaking is scheduled for early next year on a mixed-use project to revitalize the 87-year-old theater at Geary Boulevard and 18th Avenue that was closed six years ago and has since been left to rot in the bustling commercial corridor, Supervisor Eric Mar said Sunday. Read More
Parents will soon be filled in on a topic that’s been rather grim as of late: The state of San Francisco’s schools.
Superintendent Carlos Garcia is set to speak on that issue at the Parents for Public School’s annual meeting Saturday.
The meeting “will also include an interactive parent panel to share ideas on improving quality in schools,” the San Francisco Unified School District said in a release. Read More
To make sure students don’t lose the knowledge they learned during the school-year, The City is offering a resource fair Wednesday for programs that provide educational summertime activities for kids.
The All City Summer Professional Development and Resource Fair provides “a wealth of information, resources and workshops to help program providers prepare enriching summertime experiences for school-aged children,” the San Francisco Unified School District said. Read More
When relatives of survivors of the 1906 earthquake spray gold paint on a fire hydrant at 20th and Church streets Sunday, they will continue a long-running tradition that organizers thought would come to an end after the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
“We thought [the ritual] would be over,” publicist Lee Housekeeper said. “But every year, people kept showing up.” Read More
District Attorney Kamala Harris is supporting a state bill that would document a student’s chronic truancy on his or her permanent school record in a way that will “follow the child.”
You know, kind of like a criminal record.
Harris was set to testify this morning before the California Senate Education Committee in support of a bill battling school truancy, the district attorney’s office said. Read More
Gun violence in the Bayview district has forced a troubled elementary school into lockdown mode twice in five days, police said.
Teachers and students at Washington Carver Elementary School are growing accustomed to the drill of being confined in rooms until the coast is clear. On Tuesday, they were locked indoors for more than two hours after up to 10 shots were fired a block away from campus, police said. Read More
At most private companies, an employee’s salary is somewhat dependent on his or her work performance — that is, when you consistently produce results, you should earn more than those who do not.
That brand of logic apparently doesn’t apply to the California Legislature, a body of 120 lawmakers widely regarded for their dysfunctionality and who are paid far higher than colleagues in any other state. For decades the Legislature has failed to lift the once-flourishing Golden State from financial turmoil. Read More
Local travelers scouring the Internet for summertime airline deals should book now if they spot a fair price — holding out for a better fare might offer more anxiety than savings, experts say.
While airlines have begun rolling out a bevy of summer sales in recent weeks, don’t expect ongoing trepidation about the economy to reduce ticket prices to the levels seen during the height of the recession, said Terry Trippler, a travel industry analyst. Read More
At least a dozen commercial properties in San Francisco are under investigation for failing to report changes in ownership, a violation of state law that could lead The City to more than $1 million in additional tax revenue, according to Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting.
The properties are owned by big banks that went through mergers in recent years as the result of the financial meltdown. State law mandates that owners of commercial and residential properties must inform the assessor-recorder of an ownership change and pay a transfer tax. Read More
San Francisco’s students are being encouraged to hop onto a bicycle and ride to school as a way to get healthy, have fun and promote alternative modes of transportation.
On April 15, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will host the second annual Bike to School Day.
Last year, around 500 students attending 25 San Francisco schools participated in the event, the coalition said.
“This year we hope that 1000 students will join us along with parents on ‘Bike Trains’ to and from their schools this year,” organizers said. Read More
If you can get Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent to attend the same reunion party, it must be an extra-special occasion.
While the former Giants stars were not exactly the tightest of teammates during six years playing together — capped by a dugout brawl in 2002 — the pair will share the same field again for the 10th anniversary of AT&T Park’s opening before the April 11 game against the Atlanta Braves. Read More
The June primary ballot will set the stage for November showdowns for powerful national and state seats.
The most-anticipated primaries will be for governor, where two Republicans are running on their fiscal prowess while the Democrats seem to be coalescing around one prominent name.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer will find out who will be flanking her from the right when the GOP settles on a candidate in what is shaping up to be a tight fall race. Read More