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2011 Media Coverage Archive


California School Districts Sue State over Funding Cuts

Terence Chea | San Francisco Examiner
A coalition of school districts and education groups sued the state of California on Wednesday, seeking the restoration of more than $2 billion in funding they say public schools are owed under state law.... Read more


SF Schools to Test New US Math Standards

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
Four out of every 10 or so people say they hated math in school. They didn't like fractions, they've told pollsters - or formulas, polynomials or even pi. Solving for x was as bad if not worse than a pimple on prom night.... Read more


SF Elementary School Receives Honor from US Secretary of Education

Dan McMenamin | San Francisco Appeal
(Dan McMenamin | SF Appeal) An elementary school in San Francisco’s Outer Parkside neighborhood was one of only 20 public schools in California to be named a national Blue Ribbon School Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.... Read more


Building a Nation of Nation Builders

Rehema Ellis | Huffington Post
When the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) announced last December that, compared with the students in 63 other countries, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math, there were news stories and statements from lawmakers proclaiming dismay.... Read more


San Francisco Students Living "a Dream" at International High

Amy Crawford | San Francisco Examiner
Three years ago, Manuel Sola left his family in Honduras to come to San Francisco on his own. The soft-spoken teen planned to work and send money home. “When you come to United States, you have a dream to help your family,” he said. “America is a dream — it’s a dream that everybody has.”... Read more


"Once-in-a-Career Kid" Lands "BBB" Scholarship

Bernadette Fay | San Francisco Chronicle
"I literally was dancing for my life," Darius Drooh, 19, says of competing in "Beach Blanket Babylon's" scholarship contest earlier this summer. "I was, like, working so hard and praying to God: 'Please give me the scholarship - you know I need this scholarship.' "... Read more


Safe Routes to School: A Healthy Path to Classes

Kit Hodge | San Francisco Chronicle
Jason Serafino-Agar's job is to help children in San Francisco bicycle to school. "While 7 out of 10 adults in the city ride bicycles, our students are really lagging behind in San Francisco and around the country," says Serafino-Agar, the Safe Routes to School coordinator for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. "And yet it's clear from events like Bike to School Day, Sunday Streets and the growing number of bicycles parked at playgrounds that families want to bike more."... Read more


Exit Exam Results Show Dramatic Improvement

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7 News
More California students are passing the exit exam than ever before. The results are out and for the first time all major ethnic and racial groups are in the 90 percent range. ABC7 takes a look at why the numbers are up, in spite of recent budget cuts. Nearly 95 percent of students from the class of 2011 passed the California exit exam.... Read more


San Francisco Schools Work with Kids to Cut Suspensions, Expulsions

Amy Crawford | San Francisco Examiner
When a student at Civic Center Secondary School swore at a teacher, made threats and punched walls last year, faculty members wanted him gone.... Read more


Achievement Gap Closing in San Francisco Schools

Andrea Koskey | San Francisco Examiner
At George Washington High School, Principal Ericka Lovrin and her staff made it a point to focus on minority and historically underachieving students to improve testing and comprehension during the 2010-11 school year.... Read more

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