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Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for the San Francisco school board to focus

By Gabriela López Right now, I have tunnel vision. When I played…

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, speaks at a news conference at Sunset Elementary School updating the status of reopening SFUSD schools at on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD superintendent agrees to postpone departure

Superintendent Vincent Matthews will postpone his resignation from San Francisco Unified School…

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)

New beginnings for SFUSD students

Youngsters returning to classrooms and those continuing distance learning can reach full potential

Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)
Autumn Looijen and Siva Raj, who have children enrolled in public school, are heading up efforts to recall members of the San Francisco Unified School Board. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board recall effort begins gathering signatures

Organizers say officials failed to prioritize reopening schools

Autumn Looijen and Siva Raj, who have children enrolled in public school, are heading up efforts to recall members of the San Francisco Unified School Board. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Alison Collins, a candidate for the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, speaks at a forum at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Alison Collins sues school board colleagues after facing backlash over tweets

School board member Alison Collins is suing her fellow board members after…

Alison Collins, a candidate for the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, speaks at a forum at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco schools may alter several morning bell times this fall in a bid to save transportation costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD to streamline times kids start class in the morning

Changes to help district save money amid ‘budget crisis’

San Francisco schools may alter several morning bell times this fall in a bid to save transportation costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
School Board Vice President Alison Collins has been the subject of widespread calls for her resignation since a parent active in a recall effort unearthed tweets in which she uses derogatory language toward Asian Americans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board strips Alison Collins of titles, committees in vote of no confidence

The San Francisco school board voted 5-2 Thursday to strip Board member…

School Board Vice President Alison Collins has been the subject of widespread calls for her resignation since a parent active in a recall effort unearthed tweets in which she uses derogatory language toward Asian Americans. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parents and students gather for a “Zoom In” event at Midtown Terrace Park school to protest the slow progress toward returning city school to in-person learning. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Judge rejects city attorney’s request for a court order on school reopening

Lawsuit argued school district violated state law by failing to return students to classrooms

Parents and students gather for a “Zoom In” event at Midtown Terrace Park school to protest the slow progress toward returning city school to in-person learning. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)
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School board members move to strip Alison Collins of titles, committee positions

Two San Francisco Unified School District board members will introduce a resolution…

Alison Collins, vice president of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, faces widespread calls for her resignation.<ins></ins>
San Francisco Unified School Board member Jenny Lam is calling for the district to commit to a return to full-time in-person learning by the fall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board member backs calls for return to full-time, in-person learning by the fall

School board member Jenny Lam has introduced a resolution committing San Francisco…

San Francisco Unified School Board member Jenny Lam is calling for the district to commit to a return to full-time in-person learning by the fall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Enrollment declines at California’s community colleges far greater than earlier predictions

Steep drops threaten ‘viability’ of some colleges, college administrators say

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Families protested outside City Hall in February calling for city schools to resume in-person learning. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)

Judge reluctant to issue order in SFUSD reopening lawsuit

City Attorney alleges school district failure to provide in-person learning violates state law

Families protested outside City Hall in February calling for city schools to resume in-person learning. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)
San Francisco public school elementary science and tech classes are focusing on pioneering women, including astronaut Mae C. Jemison, pictured in 2018 at the National Geographic premiere of the documentary “One Strange Rock” in New York. (Shutterstock)

Women’s History Month in spotlight in SFUSD programming

Around the world, millions of people celebrate Women’s History Month in March.…

San Francisco public school elementary science and tech classes are focusing on pioneering women, including astronaut Mae C. Jemison, pictured in 2018 at the National Geographic premiere of the documentary “One Strange Rock” in New York. (Shutterstock)
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California adopts CDC’s recommendation to reduce social distancing in school to 3 feet

By John Fensterwald EdSource In alignment with new federal guidance, Gov. Gavin…

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Alison Collins speaks during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School board member faces calls to resign over anti-Asian slurs in 2016 tweets

Elected officials including Mayor London Breed and most members of the Board…

Alison Collins speaks during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)

State health officials need to update school reopening guidelines

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly, As physicians, nurses, and…

A custodian cleans a school classroom. (Dan Gleiter/Tribune News Service)
A school official at Vista High School introduces himself to a freshman classroom on Oct. 21, 2020, in Vista, California. (Jarrod Valliere/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Ethnic studies gets final approval for California schools ending years of debate

Nina Agrawal Los Angeles Times Ending years-long and often divisive debate over…

A school official at Vista High School introduces himself to a freshman classroom on Oct. 21, 2020, in Vista, California. (Jarrod Valliere/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
High schoolers in drama and music programs that have been shut down by the pandemic should be able to resume performing. (Shutterstock)

High school sports return, but performing arts don’t — why?

By Ralph E. Shaffer Under new rules for high schools, athletes in…

High schoolers in drama and music programs that have been shut down by the pandemic should be able to resume performing. (Shutterstock)
Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, is seen speaking at a news conference where the district announced the closure of Lowell High School on Thursday, March 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Details sparse as SFUSD commits to fall reopening

Superintendent Vincent Matthews said Tuesday the San Francisco Unified School District is…

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, is seen speaking at a news conference where the district announced the closure of Lowell High School on Thursday, March 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Stanford researchers looked at changes in literacy skills in elementary school students. (Shutterstock)

Study finds elementary students’ reading skills stalled after spring school closures

A new study by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education…

Stanford researchers looked at changes in literacy skills in elementary school students. (Shutterstock)