Parents hoping to get their children in to a different school have until Friday to get their name on a waitlist.
Waitlists could be long considering 20 percent of 13,676 applicants did not receive one of their school choices, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. The deadline for students to be on a waitlist to get into a school of their choice is July 23. Read More
High absenteeism in elementary schools has come into focus as the San Francisco Unified School District loses hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in state funding. Read More
A mother in New Jersey got a rude surprise from her child recently:
I am looking for your opinions and insights based upon a very distressing situation my youngest daughter brought to my attention last week involving a school fundraiser. Read More
Three Redwood City School District schools have won various honors.
Adelante Spanish Immersion School and North Star Academy were named California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education.
In addition, Hoover School is receiving a J. Russell Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Boards Association for its Familias Unidas program, and North Star is receiving a Kent Award for its third-eighth grade enrichment program. Read More
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
Mayor Gavin Newsom will honor the 10th Anniversary of “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” with Warren Hellman at 10 a.m. at the San Francisco Public Library, 6th Floor. At 11:30 a.m., Newsom will announce new “Pavement to Parks” locations across The City at the Axis Café, at 1201 8th St. At 6:30 p.m. Newsom will attend the “Public Education – Funding our Future” town hall meeting at Marina Middle School, 3500 Fillmore St. Read More
A Peninsula school district that is aiming at increased communication between parents and teachers on grades and assignments will have a new system in place this summer.
Sequoia Union High School District — which serves 8,700 students in the communities of Redwood City, Menlo Park and Woodside — awarded a two-year contract to Infinite Campus in October 2009 for use of its system. The two-year contract is estimated at $350,000. Read More
Charter schools are public-funded and independently run public schools that provide a genuine alternative to the typical dreary, teacher-union debacle found in most big-city public school systems.
But do they make a difference in the academic performance of students? Well, in the District of Columbia, 38 percent of all public school students attend charters. Those charters have higher grades, higher attendance and higher graduation rates than regular DC public schools. Read More
The latest plan to vastly reduce cigarette vendors in San Francisco would prohibit the hawking of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools, where more than half The City’s sellers currently operate.
Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to introduce legislation Tuesday calling for a ban on new tobacco permits for vendors who want to set up shop near public and private grammar and high schools. Read More
It took three months of touring a dozen of San Francisco’s public kindergarten programs for one mother to narrow her list to the maximum seven elementary schools allowed on the district’s school assignment application. When Melissa Standen-Bloom finally turned it in Wednesday, she soaked up the initial relief. Read More