Last month, Sophia kept her 8-year-old daughter out of school because of alleged bullying that she thought was not being properly addressed by school administrators.
Tired of waiting for a satisfactory official response to a situation that she says began in August, Sophia called police after her daughter was allegedly thrown to the ground by her neck. That’s when she removed the girl from class. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District is poised to introduce new principles for including students with disabilities in regular classrooms, but some parents say it’s not going far enough.
The effort is the district’s latest push to educate students with disabilities alongside their nondisabled peers. Read More
Overseeing special education at a big city school district isn’t easy. Elizabeth Blanco, who took over last week as San Francisco Unified School District’s assistant superintendent for special education, will manage a system struggling to improve after years of complaints, violations and turnover. Read More
Parents of special-education students in the San Francisco Unified School District plan to renew their push for cameras on school buses in light of allegations that a bus driver molested 11-year-old girls in 2004 and 2011.
The district’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education has long wanted security cameras on the 20-seat yellow school buses that shuttle disabled students, Chairwoman Katy Franklin said. 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