Chronic absenteeism is down among San Francisco public school students, according to recently compiled school district records.
For the first three months of the current school year, the district reported a drop of two percentage points or more in nearly every grade since the 2010-11 school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days. Read More
California principals are facing shrinking budgets and mounting responsibilities to lead teachers and keep schools running — creating competing pressures that may make the job untenable, a study has found.
Principals reported working 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week. As budget cuts thinned the ranks of support staff, they juggled roles as teachers, community liaisons, nurses, athletic directors, crisis managers and budget gurus. Read More
California’s public schools received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown largely exempted them from automatic reductions in state aid, citing improvements in the economy.However, Brown’s declaration that the economy is getting better and he doesn’t have to squeeze all automatic spending-cut “triggers” also lessened the air of crisis and therefore complicated Brown’s efforts to persuade voters to raise taxes next year. Read More
The warning signs were there for more than a decade, disturbing indicators that Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was breaching boundaries with young boys — or maybe worse. Read More
It looks like another tough season of budget cuts and hard choices next year for the San Francisco Unified School District.
“It’s pretty dismal, actually, the outlook,” said Sandra Lee Fewer, chair of the school board’s Budget and Business Services Committee, which got a preview of this year’s budget-planning process at a meeting last week.
It’s a story that has become depressingly familiar in the years since the economic downturn hit California. Read More
A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in a baffling attack that shook up the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. Read More
Inez Vara attributes her academic success to the Green Academy, one of four career-focused schools-within-a-school at Abraham Lincoln High School.
When Vara was a freshman at Lincoln High, her earth sciences teacher suggested she sign up for the Green Academy, a program the school was starting the next year.
“I thought, ‘All it is, is save the whales, save the trees,’” she said. “But it was not what I expected.” Read More
The riot-clad police officer who pepper sprayed a row of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters at a California university last week is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant who has been honored for his police work on campus, but also has figured in a previous discrimination suit against the university. Read More
Midyear cuts to California public education became more likely today after the Legislative Analyst’s office forecast that state revenue would be $3.7 billion below the level assumed in last summer’s budget package. Read More
The sign Annabelle Niebel waved at a recent Occupy San Francisco protest tells the story: “$120,000 student debt, 2 grad degrees = no job.”
For a chart outlaying the rise in tuition versus grant endowments over time, as well as a list of average student debt by degree type, click on the photo to the right. Read More