A troubled school in the Portola neighborhood has parents and teachers pointing fingers at administrators, but community organizations and San Francisco Unified School District officials say the school is making slow strides. Read More
In its opening proposal for a new contract, the union that represents The City’s public school teachers condemned San Francisco Unified School District’s central administration as a “sprawling bureaucracy” that must be curtailed before the Board of Education balances the budget by laying off teachers. Read More
At Malcolm X Academy, a small elementary school on top of a hill in the Bayview, more than 90 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. The school is surrounded by housing projects, and the neighborhood has one of the highest rates of violence in The City.
For a chart listing grant amounts awarded to Superintendent's Zone schools, click on the photo to the right. 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
Teachers and parents are planning a protest this afternoon outside a conference in San Francisco where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will be speaking about education reform. Read More
In Rachel Kayce’s classroom at Dianne Feinstein Elementary, students illustrate cards depicting their dreams.
“I want to be on Broadway one day.” “My goal is to be a soccer player.” “I will follow directions the first time I’m told.”
As that final dream suggests, this is no everyday classroom. It’s a special day class for third- through fifth-graders considered “emotionally disturbed,” a category within special education. Read More
In the next few years, San Francisco Unified School District employees could have the opportunity to live near work in affordable homes that are offered by the school district.Teachers, classroom aides and other employees make too much money to qualify for low-income housing, but the high cost of living in San Francisco often limits their ability to live in the communities they work in. Read More
A tentative agreement was reached between the San Francisco Unified School District and the United Educators of San Francisco regarding pensions for paraprofessionals, the union announced Tuesday.The UESF teachers union had been pressuring the district officials to switch pension plans for an unknown number of district employees. Read More
In an announcement that likely received cheers from students and jeers from parents, the San Francisco Unified School District has chosen four days next school year in which schools will be shut down to save money.
The district that serves some 55,000 pupils, recently struck a cash-saving deal after contentious negotiations with the teachers union, United Educators of San Francisco, to implement four furlough days during each of the next two school years. Read More