education

Students, families and staff are awaiting improvements at Buena Vista Horace Mann, a bilingual school in the Mission that’s been in bad shape for a long time.<ins></ins>

Long-awaited funding to fix dilapidated Mission District school remains in flux

‘It has been years and you have not listened to us’

 

Buena Vista Horace Mann School in the Mission has been the subject of multiple formal complaints about hazardous facilities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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Rat-infested Mission District school may soon get desperately needed repairs

‘This school is on its last legs and needs attention now’

 

The mandate to require COVID-19 vaccines for students 12 and older attending school in person allows people to opt out for personal or religious reasons; some California officials are considering legislation that would eliminate the exemption. <ins>(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)</ins>

One loophole remains in student vaccination mandate

Personal belief exemptions are allowed

  • Oct 7, 2021

 

Mia McIver, an adjunct professor of 20th century literature at UCLA and president of the union representing the UC’s thousands of lecturers, said, “What we’re fighting for is to stop the gig-ification of the university.”<ins> (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)</ins>

UC workforce churn: Why a quarter of lecturers don’t return each year

Low pay, little job stability may lead instructors to strike

  • Oct 7, 2021
Mia McIver, an adjunct professor of 20th century literature at UCLA and president of the union representing the UC’s thousands of lecturers, said, “What we’re fighting for is to stop the gig-ification of the university.”<ins> (Shae Hammond/CalMatters)</ins>
<strong>A Department of Education Emergency Services Team has been working to help schools since last October deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and planned power outages. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins></strong>
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Emergency response team helps California schools navigate wildfires

Group assists districts in following regulations, making financial claims

  • Oct 6, 2021
<strong>A Department of Education Emergency Services Team has been working to help schools since last October deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and planned power outages. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins></strong>
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Signs at the San Francisco Unified School District headquarters on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

‘Time is of the essence’: San Francisco’s school district faces possible state takeover

Over the past year and a half, the San Francisco Unified School…

Signs at the San Francisco Unified School District headquarters on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students in a classroom at Daniel Webster Elementary School in September 2021. Absences rose among Black, Pacific Islander and homeless students in the San Francisco Unified School District during the 2020-2021 school year. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

‘Troubling’ report finds more chronic absences among some SFUSD students

‘The numbers indicate our house is on fire and we need to take action to address it’

Students in a classroom at Daniel Webster Elementary School in September 2021. Absences rose among Black, Pacific Islander and homeless students in the San Francisco Unified School District during the 2020-2021 school year. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

As UC makes room for more Californians, can it afford to lose out-of-state students?

Legislature’s enrollment plan calls for adding nearly 11,000 state residents

  • Sep 27, 2021
Riya Master, a fourth year student studying integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, said she chose UC over the University of Virginia in her home state because it was better suited to her major. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

Absenteeism surging since schools reopened

Learning loss, anxiety, depression among pandemic-era health challenges

  • Sep 27, 2021
Some school districts in California are reporting chronic absenteeism rates of 30% or more. (Alison Yin/EdSource)
Hassani Bell, one of four students to conduct a hunger strike, calls to restore funding to the College of Ethnic Studies at a press conference on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Special to the SF Examiner)
Hassani Bell, one of four students to conduct a hunger strike, calls to restore funding to the College of Ethnic Studies at a press conference on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Special to the SF Examiner)
Alison Collins says that she and other members of San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education facing potential recall “represent constituents that are often erased or talked over.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Alison Collins speaks: Embattled SF school board member confronts the recall effort

‘It’s important for folks to know what this recall is about. It’s bigger than any one of us.’

Alison Collins says that she and other members of San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education facing potential recall “represent constituents that are often erased or talked over.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco schools scramble to meet high demand for online learning

‘The constraints around resources and staffing is real’

Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)

How California universities are tracking campus COVID cases

Cal State and UC campuses have dashboards, but details vary

  • Sep 10, 2021
Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)
Mario Ramirez Garcia, 10, attends online class in the bedroom he shares with his sister in April 23. “It’s funner in real school,” said Mario of distance learning. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

Quarantining students could get more instruction with proposed independent study changes

Learners would receive comparable curriculum and increased time with teachers

  • Sep 8, 2021
Mario Ramirez Garcia, 10, attends online class in the bedroom he shares with his sister in April 23. “It’s funner in real school,” said Mario of distance learning. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>

A new role for school staff: COVID contact tracers

‘Once you find out someone has tested positive, the clock starts’

School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

COVID testing was supposed to keep schools safe — what happened?

Test shortages, inconsistent protocols are leaving parents confused and frustrated

  • Sep 7, 2021
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
Heliotrope Avenue Elementary students in Los Angeles begin the school year; despite shortages across the state, Los Angeles Unified School District officials say they have a “robust” pool of substitutes to fill vacancies.<ins> (Betty Marquez/EdSource)</ins>
Heliotrope Avenue Elementary students in Los Angeles begin the school year; despite shortages across the state, Los Angeles Unified School District officials say they have a “robust” pool of substitutes to fill vacancies.<ins> (Betty Marquez/EdSource)</ins>
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)

Should all school districts be required to offer transitional kindergarten?

Advocates cite advantages of high quality early education

  • Sep 1, 2021
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)
As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF educators focus on mental health as new student behavior emerges

‘Our kids have gone through a lot and they’re still going through a lot’

As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Why a SF parent group decided to stop live-tweeting school board meetings

‘The goal of our organization is to have people feel good about public education in The City’

From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)