Six current or former employees of the San Francisco Unified School District are facing embezzlement and fraud charges stemming from the alleged misuse of an estimated $15 million in grant funding, the district attorney announced Tuesday.
Money earmarked to provide students with support services, nutritional programs and violence-prevention programs was allegedly directed into bonuses, slush funds and unwarranted pay increases. Read More
In June, I was physically unhealthy, taking medication for diabetes, and I was selected to run a large urban school district — perhaps one of the more stressful jobs there is. Read More
I don’t know if you remember much about being in kindergarten, but I sure do. And what I remember most is my teacher, Mrs. Ellis.
She didn’t speak a word of Spanish and I hardly spoke a word of English. But she liked me. That’s all I knew on my first day. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District is poised to introduce new principles for including students with disabilities in regular classrooms, but some parents say it’s not going far enough.
The effort is the district’s latest push to educate students with disabilities alongside their nondisabled peers. Read More
While eating a meal of spaghetti covered in marinara sauce and meatballs, fourth-grader Dennis Arguijo and his friends mused about what foods they would like served at Tenderloin Elementary School.
“Chicken potpies,” Dennis said.
Kristin Richmond, co-founder of Revolution Foods, called over executive chef Amy Klein to talk about the idea. Read More
A revolution is coming to San Francisco’s public schools: no more frozen, precooked cafeteria food that’s shipped from halfway across the country.
On Friday, the San Francisco Unified School District announced plans to award a contract to Oakland-based Revolution Foods Inc. to provide nutritious — and freshly prepared — meals for city schoolchildren. Read More
Throughout the election season, we heard a lot about ensuring that everyone in this country has economic opportunities and a shot at the “American Dream.” As we search for answers to high unemployment and wage stagnation, many worry that not enough jobs are being created, that too many people are competing for the same positions so there must not be enough positions. But, there’s another side to the story. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District is often recognized as a leader in the effort to improve student nutrition. In 2003, it began phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks. In 2007, it installed salad bars at dozens of schools. Other initiatives have improved the quality of food in vending machines and increased the number of students who eat breakfast.
Click on the photo to the right to see information about meal participation and more photos of school food. Read More
Who’s in town
Actress and author Molly Ringwald talks about her new book, “When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories,” with Litquake’s Jane Ganahl. [VIP reception at 6:45 p.m., program at 8 p.m.; Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.] Read More
Richard Carranza will be the next superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, after the Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a $245,000, three-year contract for him.
Carranza, who has been the district’s deputy superintendent for the past three years, will take over for retiring Superintendent Carlos Garcia in July. Read More