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2011 Media Coverage Archive


John Muir Elementary in SF Shows Progress

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
A year ago, Christopher Rosenberg was given his marching orders: fix John Muir Elementary, one of California's worst schools. He would have three years and about $5 million in federal funding to complete the job. ... Read more


SF Schools Scramble to Ready Buildings for Class

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
The sound of power saws and hammers filled the cluttered hallways of San Francisco's Cobb Elementary School this week. Wires hung from ceilings, wet paint signs flapped off doorways, and unattended ladders were stationed where ceiling tiles and window trim were missing.... Read more


SF Schools' Technology Finally Gets up to Speed

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
When Erik Heinrich left the Pacific Stock Exchange three years ago to take a job overseeing technology in the San Francisco school district, he thought people were joking when they described Internet capability in city classrooms.... Read more


Young at Art

Terence Clark | San Francisco Chronicle
With all the discussion in Washington D.C., Sacramento and elsewhere about education budgets and what the role of public education should be, there is usually little in the debate about the arts. They are the lost child of spending cuts.... Read more


How Wellness Centers Help Troubled SF Teens

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
As a dyslexic, African American male growing up in San Francisco's notorious Hunters Point neighborhood, the odds were far greater that Evander Williams would drop out, die or go to jail than graduate high school.... Read more


Graduation a Hard-Won Success for Continuation-School Students

Trey Bundy | Bay Citizen
On Monday, with graduation season in full swing, 18-year-old Olivier Grandvoinet put on a cap and gown and gave a speech on behalf of his class in front of 250 people at San Francisco’s City Hall. He thanked his family, his teachers, his principal — and his probation officer.... Read more


SFUSD Holds "Frisco Day"

Lyanne Melendez | ABC 7 News
Almost every high school senior in San Francisco went to college on Friday. The school district has set an ambitious goal of enrolling every one of them in college next year. It's not where they'll end up, it's the getting in part they are pushing. ... Read more


Principals' Center Collective a Model of Success

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
On any given day, about 40 students from across San Francisco file into run-down portable classrooms scattered across a flood-prone asphalt yard. The school, attended by kids sent there under a judge's order, is dilapidated, but the education offered inside is shiny and new. It offers some of the city's most at-risk students a real shot at college or a career.... Read more


Japan Quake: Bay Area Schools Raise Funds

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
First-grader Rosalie Tang set $50 on a table in the Francis Scott Key Elementary cafeteria Wednesday and smiled. The 6-year-old knew the money she brought in would buy shelter and food for Japanese strangers 5,000 miles away - and for each dollar donated, a paper origami crane would hang in the entryway of her San Francisco school. ... Read more


From Time-Out to Quiet Time: Meditation Comes to SF Schools

Natalie Jones | KALW
Innovative ideas are often born in California. This is the home of Silicon Valley, after all. But, that spirit of innovation isn’t limited to finding more ways to plug in to the world of high tech. Innovation also means finding ways to disconnect from it all. This kind of innovation is taking place in three San Francisco public schools that have started school-wide meditation programs. The hope is that a little quiet time and mindfulness will help facilitate learning.... Read more

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