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
Angel Carvajal has heard all the excuses.
Some students just feel like taking a day off. They oversleep. The bus is running late.
“Muni’s a big one,” Carvajal said. “Muni makes a lot of kids late.”
The student adviser at Everett Middle School in the Mission district is in charge of making sure kids are in class every day. Carvajal tells them there are only three valid excuses for being late or missing school: illness, a death in the family or a family emergency. Read More
U.S. District Court judges aren’t known for using inflammatory language in deciding the weighty issues that come before them on the federal bench. So it was remarkable to read the scorching indictment of a federal agency and two of its scientists last week by Judge Oliver W. Wanger. The case concerns how the government should manage California water supplies and at the same time seek to preserve the Delta smelt, an allegedly endangered species of minnowlike fish. Read More
Prohibition is finally over in San Francisco – at least the last vestige of it.Boozehounds and bartenders can rejoice now that making infused alcoholic drinks is no longer illegal.And the change comes just in time for the last few days of Cocktail Week in The City. Read More
Juan Vargas is right about abolishing California’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board — for all the wrong reasons.Vargas is a Democratic state senator from San Diego but has always yearned to be a congressman and has his chance in 2012 because the 51st Congressional District’s boundaries have been redrawn and incumbent Bob Filner is stepping down. Read More
Laying blame on the state while searching for solutions, UC regents and other officials discussed a doomsday scenario of skyrocketing tuition Thursday as funding shortfalls continue to mount.
Tuition at University of California campuses could rise 16 percent a year for four years if the state does not provide adequate funding, administrators said during the Board of Regents’ September meeting at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus. Read More
It’s “gut and amend” season in the California Legislature. More like shuck and jive and obfuscate.I recently received information that another bill had been gutted of its original intent, and new language added to greatly benefit labor unions. By the end of the day, two additional bills were uncovered that had also been totally amended on behalf of labor unions. Read More
In the not-too-distant future when you want to hire a baby sitter to watch the kids for a few hours, you might want to first consult a labor lawyer to ensure you’re adhering to the 28 pages of regulations in Assembly Bill 889 and California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order Number 15. Failure to do so could result in thousands of dollars in fines, attorney fees and other legal expenses. Read More
San Francisco’s paperless movement took another step forward Tuesday with the adoption of an opt-out option for voter information pamphlets.
Local governments throughout California are starting to allow voters to receive election guides electronically instead of in hard-copy form under a state law passed last year that took effect at the beginning of this year. Read More
WHAT: Only 55.4 percent of working-age Californians had a job in July, down from 56.2 percent a year earlier and the lowest level since 1976. The state has 12 percent unemployment, compared with 9.1 percent nationwide.
HOW: The state lost 1.4 million jobs during the recession that began in 2008 and has only regained 226,800, said the California Budget Project. A large portion of job losses were in local government, health care, retail and financial services. Read More