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From the Desk of the Superintendent

05/14/18

Celebrating impact and innovation across SFUSD

This week, we celebrated school teams that won our annual Impact and Innovation Awards. These awards — supported by the citizens of San Francisco and developed by both the district and the teachers union — enable schools to improve outcomes for our students. They also show what we can achieve when we all work together.... Read more

05/07/18

Teacher Appreciation Week a time to reflect on support for educators

Teachers are living proof of the significant difference one person can make in the lives of many. That’s why we are thrilled to be celebrating national Teacher Appreciation Week. From parents and students to the mayor and the S.F. Giants, our community is showing their appreciation for the dedicated educators who help our young people grow and learn. ... Read more

04/30/18

SFUSD sets service standards across the board

At the San Francisco Unified School District, we are dedicated to putting students first and to upholding certain standards of service in every interaction, not only with students, but also with their families and the staff who work with our students and schools.... Read more

04/23/18

Celebrating SFUSD’s 30-year partnership with the San Francisco Symphony

From Mariachi bands to handbell ensembles, African dance to ballet, you probably know by now that San Francisco public school students participate in a rich array of arts education. In addition to the San Francisco Unified School District’s talented teaching artists who guide students every day, we have some of the finest arts’ institutions in the country contributing to our students’ well-rounded education.... Read more

04/17/18

SFUSD committed to recruiting high-quality educators

At SFUSD, we take pride in hiring outstanding teachers to fulfill our mission of providing each and every student with the quality instruction and equitable support they need to thrive in the 21st century. We pair our commitment to social justice with our vision that every student who attends an SFUSD school will discover their spark and achieve a strong sense of self and purpose.... Read more

04/10/18

As graduation season nears, SFUSD works to ensure students cross finish line

It must be spring. Last week, I received the dates for 18 San Francisco public high school graduation ceremonies taking place in early June. I hope to make it to every single one of them. These ceremonies are akin to high holy days for those of us in education.... Read more

04/02/18

Local funding proposal for SFUSD gets green light

Did you know our public schools offer more arts, physical education, librarians and student support services than any other large urban school district in the state? It’s because San Franciscans believe in quality public schools for all. Because of local revenue, there is funding for more than 200 arts teachers, librarians and PE teachers, and for school sites to support homeless students.... Read more

03/26/18

SF school district expenses grow as state revenues slow

As tax time rapidly approaches, you might be thinking even more than usual about your finances. At the San Francisco Unified School District, budgeting is also a major topic on our minds. We are going through the annual process of figuring out how to make sure the money we receive to educate children is well purposed to prepare San Francisco’s children for college and careers. Let me share with you how we determine our annual budget once we know what we have to work with (to the extent we can ever know).... Read more

03/19/18

Helpful tips while awaiting your child’s school assignment

If you are a parent or guardian of a student who applied to a school in the San Francisco Unified School District for next fall, you may be eagerly awaiting news of your child’s school assignment — and you’re in good company.... Read more

03/12/18

SFUSD Arts Festival showcases student creativity in action

Although painting, singing, dancing, drawing, writing, filmmaking, photography, drama and music-making happen everyday in our schools, most of us rarely have a chance to see children’s creativity in action. But this week, it’s on display and I encourage you to go see it.... Read more