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Media Coverage

Check out a sample of what the media is saying about our students and the work we do in the District. These stories were originally published in newspapers, online, and/or broadcast by television and radio.

02/21/17

How to pay off Bay Area kids' student lunch debt

Joe Kukura | SF Weekly
One little tweet last December went viral and set off random acts of kindness nationwide. Brooklyn writer Ashley C. Ford tweeted, “A cool thing you can do today is try to find out which of your local schools have kids with overdue lunch accounts and pay them off.” That post was retweeted more than 10,000 times, was covered on the Today show, and raised more than $100,000 in donations for kids’ lunches. ... Read more

02/17/17

In unusual school club, SF kids knit scarves for the homeless

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
It was a cold November day and San Francisco fifth-grader Mariah Bess was riding the bus home from school, past homeless people on the street. She was just learning how to knit and had an idea. “She said, ‘I want to knit scarves for homeless people, can I start a knitting club?’” recalled her John Muir Elementary School teacher, Joe Mannarino. ... Read more

02/13/17

Why I choose to raise my family in San Francisco

Max Garrone | The Potrero View
Becoming part of Daniel Webster Elementary School has only strengthened our belief in the positive effects of raising a city kid; on both her and on us. Getting engaged with our school community has been personally rewarding, and helps us see outside our little family bubble. On our daily walk to school we see neighbors and friends, and pet their dogs. Our daughter knows everyone from the librarians at our local branch to chefs at local restaurants, business owners, and of course all the friends that populate our wonderful hill. ... Read more

02/13/17

San Francisco school cisterns full thanks to recent storms

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7
Water officials in the Central Valley aren't the only ones in a rush to release water. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been doing it for the past few weeks to keep its five reservoirs from overflowing. Oddly enough, even the San Francisco School District has never dealt with this much rainwater.... Read more

02/13/17

How reading aloud to therapy dogs can help struggling kids

Juli Fraga | KQED
Two years ago, principal Diane Lau-Yee grew concerned when she saw how family tragedies were impacting her students at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “Some of the students were acting out their feelings of confusion and anger by starting fights with their peers, while other children shut down and stopped participating in class,” says Lau-Yee.... Read more

02/10/17

Political notebook: affordability tops agenda of SF gay school trustee

Matthew S. Bajko | Bay Area Reporter
With teachers increasingly unable to afford to live in San Francisco, affordability issues are at the top of school board member Mark Sanchez's agenda this year. "We have to have a laser-like focus on that," said Sanchez in a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter. "I want the people working day-to-day with kids to stay in those jobs and provide them the necessary salary to do that and live here. Everything else to me is a sideshow."... Read more

02/09/17

Looking at numbers in a whole new way

Vanessa Hua | San Francisco Chronicle
Following the teacher’s instructions, I rolled the dice and drew a five, and then rolled again. Another five. I carefully inked five rows of five dots each on a sheet of graph paper, creating a square of 25 dots. “See, that’s a square number!” the teacher said, her enthusiasm infectious. “That’s what I tell my students.”... Read more

02/08/17

The School Board’s rising star - Stevon Cook

Armand Domalewski | Bay City Beacon
Sometimes when you are talking to Stevon Cook, you can literally feel how he could be San Francisco “next big thing”. A third-generation San Franciscan that rose from a difficult childhood to a successful career in politics, Cook has a story that City voters just want to hear.... Read more

02/01/17

"We're very powerful": Three San Francisco students remember the Women's March on Washington

Hannah Kingsley-Ma | KALW
Among the marchers in Washington D.C. were 16 students from the San Francisco Unified School District. Over thirty individuals donated money to the district specifically to send young women of color to the March. Students from the district’s Peer Resource program applied to represent their schools. ... Read more

02/01/17

SF school leaders dive into details of building teacher housing

Michael Barba | San Francisco Examiner
School leaders shed light Monday on plans to build affordable housing for educators who are struggling to afford the exorbitant cost-of-living in San Francisco. The San Francisco Unified School District could begin to look for a nonprofit developer as early as this summer to build 100 to 150 units of affordable housing in San Francisco, according to Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh.... Read more

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