In San Mateo County, there are several thousand more students than there were a few years ago, but several hundred fewer teachers.
The number of full-time equivalent teaching positions in the county dropped some 18 percent between the 2008-09 and 2010-11 school years, according to data provided by the county’s Office of Education. Meanwhile, the county’s total student body kept creeping up. Read More
Every night for the past two months, Geneva Carter, her mother and her three young children have spent the night on the floor of an office in an emergency homeless shelter in the Mission. They wake at 6 a.m., roll up the mats they slept on and spend the day trying to find a permanent place to live.
“It’s emotional,” said Carter, 21, who is unemployed and cannot afford to pay rent. “I get overwhelmed to where I can’t think.” Read More
Cyndy Simms, the new superintendent of one of San Mateo County’s largest school districts, brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience that she hopes will help her find funding for the cash-strapped district. Read More
Two San Mateo County school districts are preparing to open new schools to keep pace with a rising number of elementary students.
Both the Burlingame and San Mateo-Foster City school districts are moving forward with opening new elementary schools to alleviate crowded classrooms.
Burlingame’s K-5 population throughout its five elementary schools increased nearly 26 percent from 2001 to 2009, from 1,466 to 1,846, according to California Department of Education data. Read More