Thousands of San Francisco students do not have the courses they need to graduate from high school, and city officials should help ensure that there are opportunities for pupils to take the needed classes and earn diplomas.
More than 2,000 juniors in the San Francisco Unified School District lack the credits they need to graduate under the latest academic standards. Read More
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
The votes are in and political partisans are either celebrating or mourning the election results.
The only item that hangs in the balance is one of the more controversial measures: Proposition H, a policy statement asking the school board to give all students the right to go to neighborhood schools (as opposed to a lottery in which geography is just one of several factors). Read More
The results were too close to call Tuesday night for a ballot measure that would encourage the San Francisco Unified School District to assign students to neighborhood schools.
Proposition H, which is nonbinding, would make it city policy to encourage the district to change its student assignment system so that every student can attend the school closest to home. 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
The floor was shaking in an upstairs classroom at Monroe Elementary School in the Excelsior district, where two dozen fourth- and fifth-graders were practicing a dance routine. “Waka waka! Hey hey!” the singer Shakira chanted over a boombox as the children jumped, spun and clapped.
For many of the giggling children, dance class was the week’s highlight. And the arts are not merely fun, studies show they help kids do better in math and reading. Read More
For those of you keeping score at home, there are now three proposals to amend The City’s Health Care Security Ordinance — one by Supervisor David Campos, one by Supervisor David Chiu and one by Mayor Ed Lee. Read More