Some 2,400 kindergartners have their own bank accounts courtesy of the city of San Francisco.
The city program, Kindergarten to College, is now in its second year, after a pilot run last year for 1,200 students at 18 schools. By next year, every kindergartner in The City’s public schools will have a savings account, said Leigh Phillips, manager of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, a division of The City’s treasury. Read More
For most of The City’s children, Aug. 15 was the first day of school. But not for Michael Matsen, 11, who was supposed to start sixth grade.
“I desperately want to get Michael into school, but I can’t,” said his mother, Lani, who has been bringing her son with her to work while the family waits for a school assignment from the San Francisco Unified School District. Read More
At George Washington High School, Principal Ericka Lovrin and her staff made it a point to focus on minority and historically underachieving students to improve testing and comprehension during the 2010-11 school year.
It appears that work paid off. Read More
The first day of school is often filled with anxiety and excitement for teachers, parents and students alike. But those feelings are heightened even more when it’s the first day ever.
“It’s hectic as far as moving boxes,” said Maria Dehghanfard, principal of the new Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 in the Mission district. “But the staff is awesome. We are very excited to be here.” Read More
Aundray Rogers, an Army veteran and single father of three, worries that he and his children will be living on the street come September.
Rogers, one of several hundred thousand U.S. veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help pay for his education, will need to make some difficult decisions Monday, when changes to the law take effect. Read More
Cyndy Simms, the new superintendent of one of San Mateo County’s largest school districts, brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience that she hopes will help her find funding for the cash-strapped district. Read More
Community college students could face a second increase in fees over the next six months as well as fewer available classes, according to system officials.
Students enrolled in community colleges pay $26 per unit, but that fee is rising to $36 per unit in the fall semester. By spring, fees could go to $46 per unit if expected revenues in the state budget do not materialize. Read More
Goyette Williams has fallen behind earning the high school credits needed to graduate on time. Though she will be a junior at Burton High School in the fall, she has only 75 credits, which makes her technically still a sophomore after failing courses in math, science and Spanish over the past two years.
She has little opportunity, however, to make up those classes and get back on track. Read More
Charles Schmuck is the founder of Peninsula College Fund, which provides up to 15 first-generation college students with $12,000 for four years to a university of their choosing and provides them with mentors as well as training. On Saturday, the foundation honored its 15 newest members and five who recently graduated from college. Read More
Meet 18-year-old Josh Coyne, a brilliant musician who will graduate Monday from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md.
Josh plays violin, viola, saxophone and piano. He composed the score for “Anne & Emmett,” an acclaimed play. He conducted the premiere of his ballet “True Love,” and was selected by Bethesda (Md.) Magazine as one of 10 winners of its annual Extraordinary Teen Awards. Read More