Jennifer Turpin, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco, was chosen following a nationwide search to become the university’s next provost, who acts as the school’s chief operating officer.
What drew you to USF initially in 1991? I’m a sociologist by background, and sociologists are very concerned with issues of social justice and diversity. Education [at USF] is really meant to have a transformative effect on society. Read More
Yes, San Francisco has got some serious money trouble.
Yes, Muni has got some serious money trouble.
No, I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to run for lieutenant governor.
And it’s darn tough to be mayor – maybe tougher than being a Muni driver.
Those were some of the sentiments shared by Mayor Gavin Newsom during his online town hall meeting tonight. The video conference, we are told, allowed city residents the opportunity to log-on and ask questions about The City’s fiscal woes. Read More
Following a heartfelt meeting Tuesday in which tears were shed by a member on the Board of Education, the board voted to rename San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School the Ruth Asawa San Francisco High School of the Arts.
Asawa is a world-famous artist who led the effort to establish the school in 1981, the San Francisco Unified School District said. Read More
The City College of San Francisco will consider raising nonresident tuition fees by $4 per unit starting this summer at its Thursday meeting.
The cost for out-of-state and out-of-country residents will increase from $179 to $183 per unit, the school’s figures show.
“This increase will leave City College’s nonresident tuition at the lowest rate allowed by the state chancellor’s office,” the school said. Read More
While considering hundreds of layoffs and other cutbacks to close an epic budget gap, the Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously agreed to fund a pilot program adding ethnic studies courses to its high school curriculum.
Three years in the making, the pilot curriculum set for the 2010-11 school year will include a minimum of two new sections in five high schools that have yet to be named. The cost to the district for the pilot, which will include 250 students, is $253,540, according to San Francisco Unified School District figures. Read More
Hundreds of teachers in The City will be slapped with tentative pink slips March 15 as the San Francisco Unified School District grapples with a projected two-year, $113 million deficit.
New figures from the SFUSD show that 318 teachers — including 174 at elementary schools, 66 at middle schools and 78 at high schools — will receive pink slips.
The layoff proposal also includes slashing a long list of librarians, nurses, counselors and positions that work in support of teachers. Also, 163 administrative positions are slated to be cut, the district said. Read More
Whether the swine flu outbreak last year was a serious threat or just a scare, San Franciscans appeared to heed the warnings.
Less than 60 percent of the nation’s supply of vaccines to combat the fast-spreading H1N1 virus have been used, but 80 percent of the federal government’s allotment to San Francisco has been administered to residents, The City’s Department of Public Health reported. Read More
No, the dress codes at San Francisco’s public schools have not become that strict.
But the 400 students from 17 city schools who will don business suits this Saturday will be prepared to adhere to the dress code of “real life.”
The students will be subjected to mock interviews as part of programs within the San Francisco Unified School District that aim to prepare them for the rigors of joining the professional workforce. Read More
A gathering of more than 800 people in most venues on Fillmore Street typically signals a lively concert – but you’ll be hard-pressed to hear any cheering or adoration when that many folks meet Thursday to discuss impending cuts to schools in California.
A group of “PTA moms” initiated a sizeable town hall meeting at Marina Middle School for Thursday that has been dubbed, “Funding our Future,” according to the San Francisco Unified School District. Read More
A court decision in New York City that may create strict restrictions on the Critical Mass bicycle event raises questions as to whether San Francisco could do the same.
A judge ruled Tuesday that New York City can force groups of 50 people or more on bicycles to get a parade permit, a process known to be cumbersome.
The legal battle stemmed from a clash between cyclists and police in 2004 during the Republican National Convention in which hundreds of bicyclists were arrested for alleged unruly behavior. Read More
It was built in 1911, but it can withstand an earthquake from 1906.
The red-brick building at Masonic and Hayes, which houses the John Adams Campus of City College, has been remodeled and seismically renovated but still has that old-school façade, according to the latest newsletter published by the City College of San Francisco. Read More
The associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University co-authored a new study which found that parents who continue to emphasize ethnic and cultural identity in their children beyond the age of 18 are doing a great service to their kids’ lives. Read More
Despite efforts in recent years to exile rodents taking up residence in Chinatown, local leaders say the hairy creatures continue to thrive.
“They go everywhere,” said Angela Chu, the community organizing manager for the Chinatown Community Development Center. “There are places where people see the rodent problem all the time.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be out and about today, attending events regarding earthquake research and Black History Month.
At 10 a.m., the mayor will speak at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s annual meeting at the downtown Park 55 Hotel, the Mayor’s Office said.
Two hours later, the mayor will help “kick off Black History Month” in the City Hall Rotunda, it said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s controversial tax break proposals for San Francisco businesses will not be heard next week.Supervisor John Avalos, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, said Thursday that the earliest the measures will be heard is Feb. 17. The supervisor said the delay is due to an unfinished analysis on one of the measures, a two-year break on the payroll tax for new hires. Read More