education

California lawmakers are considering a plan aimed at making it easier for California community college students to transfer a state four-year campus. (iStock)

Could proposed plan ease transfer woes for California community college students?

Many don’t go to UC, Cal State due to frustrating, complex process

  • Aug 26, 2021
California lawmakers are considering a plan aimed at making it easier for California community college students to transfer a state four-year campus. (iStock)
While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF schools wrestle with clean air and failing infrastructure

Parents, unions calling for more resources to keep everyone safe

While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)

How California teachers are welcoming back English learners — with language and community

Focus is to make school a welcoming place to ease anxiety caused by the pandemic

  • Aug 24, 2021
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)
Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
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The Examiner

Doctors remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ as SF schools reopen

Parents still have questions: ‘It doesn’t feel like anyone wants to talk about contingency plans’

Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
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The Examiner
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)

As school starts, can children stay safe from COVID-19?

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times This wasn’t how the school year…

  • Aug 16, 2021
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)
Grief, especially in light of COVID, can come in waves that may be unpredictable, experts say. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

How schools help students who’ve lost loved ones to COVID

Survey: At least 30% of California students said they’d lost a loved one during the pandemic

  • Aug 13, 2021
Grief, especially in light of COVID, can come in waves that may be unpredictable, experts say. (Alison Yin/EdSource)
Under new Calfiornia law, public schools must offer independent study, and individual districts will have flexibility in developing programs. (Shutterstock)

Quick guide: What is independent study in California?

Schools must offer it as an alternative to in-person instruction in 2021-22

  • Aug 9, 2021
Under new Calfiornia law, public schools must offer independent study, and individual districts will have flexibility in developing programs. (Shutterstock)
Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF parents face school year with hope, trepidation and concern

‘Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it’

Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Among complications surrounding fall 2021 college attendance are varying requirements regarding vaccinations at University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley. (Shutterstock)

Colleges prepare for incoming freshmen with high school learning loss

By Larry Gordon EdSource Beyond the usual efforts to get new students…

  • Jul 6, 2021
Among complications surrounding fall 2021 college attendance are varying requirements regarding vaccinations at University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley. (Shutterstock)
Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

SF teachers’ union: From the conflicts of COVID, a new leader emerged

During the pandemic, San Francisco’s teachers’ union found itself under an intense…

Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)

Tips for summer learning

School’s out for the season, but educational activities continue

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)
Parents and students line up socially distanced before the first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Pandemic shines light on mental health crisis facing SF students

The pandemic didn’t cause the mental health crisis facing our youth. It…

Parents and students line up socially distanced before the first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Unified School District salutes its 2021 graduates. (Shutterstock)

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Graduation is a special time for students to celebrate the years of…

The San Francisco Unified School District salutes its 2021 graduates. (Shutterstock)
After what she called a “lonely” year, Ella Maoz got to see her Mission High School classmates at a recent graduation ceremony rehearsal. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

‘Senioritis’ is worse than ever for this year’s high school graduates

‘It’s hard to let go of something you never got to finish’

After what she called a “lonely” year, Ella Maoz got to see her Mission High School classmates at a recent graduation ceremony rehearsal. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
All of San Francisco Unified School District high schools, including SF International High School, pictured on April 26, 2021, have Wellness Centers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD offers mental health support in May and year-round

Case management, nurses, check-ins, curriculum are dedicated to students’ wellness

All of San Francisco Unified School District high schools, including SF International High School, pictured on April 26, 2021, have Wellness Centers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Meal servers are among the many workers whose contributions help San Francisco Unified School District students. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD salutes classified workers

Secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers and others are essential in making schools work for kids

Meal servers are among the many workers whose contributions help San Francisco Unified School District students. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Agnes Liang, who will be a senior at Mission High School, is running for one of the two student representative seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Turbulent year on school board leaves student delegates undeterred

Around this time last year, Shavonne Hines-Foster and Kathya Correa Almanza were…

Agnes Liang, who will be a senior at Mission High School, is running for one of the two student representative seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. 
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SFUSD seniors will gather, connect to end their careers

By Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga Throwing a graduation cap in the…

Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. 
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured in March, is unveiling a series of budget proposals this week. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Newsom’s school plan has billions for college savings accounts, after school programs and more

Hannah Wiley The Sacramento Bee California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to send…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured in March, is unveiling a series of budget proposals this week. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Tara Hobson, center, principal at SF International High School, welcomes a student back on Monday, April 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD seniors get a chance to say goodbye to school in person

Deal to briefly return older students to school leaves many parents and teens dissatisfied

Tara Hobson, center, principal at SF International High School, welcomes a student back on Monday, April 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)