A ballot initiative that would have encouraged San Francisco Unified School District to move to a system of neighborhood schools lost by a razor-thin margin after Thursday’s final ballot count, but supporters vowed to continue their fight next year, when four school board members are up for re-election. Read More
In this tough economy, the San Francisco Unified School District is taking a chance by placing a $531 million bond measure to upgrade schools on the November ballot. Over-taxed San Franciscans might decide to take a pass this time around after having approved a $295 million school bond in 2003 and a $450 million school bond in 2006. Read More
Should the San Francisco Unified School District assign students to schools closest to their homes? Bayview father Ed Donaldson thinks that question, which will appear on the November ballot as Proposition H, has a simple answer. “It makes sense for them to be in the neighborhood where they can get the support, the mentoring,” Donaldson said. Read More
Educators often note that how a student does in ninth grade is a good indicator of whether he or she will graduate from high school. And showing up for class is a critical part of that. Read More
Lowell High School was evacuated for nearly two hours Monday morning after staff reported a strong smell of natural gas.The smell was first reported at 10:15 a.m., San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. At 10:30 a.m., school officials called the fire department and began evacuating the school’s 2,600 students.Another person reported smelling gas in another part of the building at 10:35 a.m., Anderson said. Read More
The traditional math class may soon become obsolete as San Francisco school officials roll out a curriculum based on new national standards over the next few years.
“You’ll see a lot less teacher in the front, kids in rows struggling to write down examples,” said Kirstin Hernandez, math coordinator for San Francisco Unified School District campuses in the Mission district. “It’s getting away from, ‘There’s one way to do it.’” Read More
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos will join school and transit advocates today to call for free San Francisco Municipal Railway passes for students.A rally is scheduled for noon outside City Hall to demand free youth passes for students between the ages of 5 and 17 who depend on Muni to get to and from school each day. 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
Monday was the first day of school for 55,000 San Francisco public school students, but it wasn’t for Jay-Ron Jones. The 12-year-old woke up extra-early because he was excited, but when his grandfather dropped him off at James Denman Middle School, he was told he was in the wrong place.“They couldn’t find him in the computer, period,” said Jay-Ron’s father, John Jones. 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