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2017 Media Coverage Archive

05/17/17

600 SF students join forces to clean up Ocean Beach

Sarah Ravani | SF Gate
Nearly 600 students from seven San Francisco elementary schools fanned out at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, wearing plastic gloves, toting trash bags and hunting for anything yucky. In a field trip with a positive environmental twist, the second and third graders participated in the 24th annual “Kids Ocean Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup.”... Read more

05/15/17

School district sustainability: saving 'green' by going green

Rod Berger | Forbes
Make no mistake about it. Education is big business. Our children may be the primary beneficiaries, but the business of education is one that you and I bankroll daily. In any given school district, about 45% of the funding comes from local funds, about 45% comes from state funds and about 10% comes from Our Father Who Art in Washington.... Read more

05/11/17

Arts Flourish in SF Public Schools

Mike Ege | Bay City Beacon
The 2017 SFUSD Arts Festival is an annual event that showcases the best in student creativity from our public schools, which has become an oasis for public arts education in a nation where it often goes underfunded. Below are photos of student art from the festival and the amazing teachers, artists, and supporters who help it make all happen.... Read more

05/09/17

Teachers’ extra credit

Richard Swerdlow | KQED
Another school year is nearly over, my 23rd year as a public school teacher. At the end of each of those 23 years, I reflect on the year’s lessons, not only the ones I’ve taught, but the ones life has taught me.... Read more

05/03/17

Noncitizens will soon be able to vote in San Francisco — for school board

Scott Shafer | NPR
President Trump has often criticized San Francisco's sanctuary policy for harboring people in the country unlawfully. Now the city is bracing for additional criticism from the federal government as it prepares to become the first city in the state and one of the first in the country to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.... Read more

05/02/17

New SF schools superintendent returns to technology-driven district

Michael Barba | SF Examiner
Four decades after he was a student there, Superintendent Vincent Matthews returned to Herbert Hoover Middle School in the Sunset District on Tuesday and stepped into a spacious classroom. The room, once equipped with ovens, stoves and sinks to teach home economics to junior high students, now features a large green screen and film equipment meant to help kids tackle subjects like climate change through video storytelling.... Read more

05/02/17

San Francisco schools CTO outlines her top priorities

Wyatt Kash | Ed Scoop
With 57,000 students spread across 130 campuses and another 9,500 educators and staff to support, Melissa Dodd and her team of 80 edtech specialists are never at a loss for projects. But Dodd is clear-minded about where her she and her team are headed, thanks in part to the digital plan that now guides her department’s efforts. ... Read more

05/01/17

The SF public school difference

Samantha Schoech | KQED
There was a moment, a few years back, when we considered moving to Marin, the county where I grew up. I attended a few open houses there. And as we looky-looed, I noticed a familiar refrain from realtors when I mentioned that I lived in the city. “But what do you do about schools?” they’d ask, looking at our two kids with genuine concern.... Read more

04/30/17

SF high school for recent immigrants finds new home

Michael Barba | SF Examiner
From a former elementary school on York Street, Principal Julie Kessler watches immigration patterns unfold across the world. Kessler, who is known as Ms. Julie at San Francisco International High School, welcomed a wave of unaccompanied minors from countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in 2014 as part of a spike in Central American children fleeing their home countries for the U.S. that year.... Read more

04/27/17

School board votes to build new elementary school in Mission Bay

Shane Downing | Hoodline
Mission Bay is getting a new elementary school. As KTVU reported, members of the San Francisco Unified School District’s board voted to build a new campus over the next five years on land provided by UCSF. ... Read more

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