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2017 Media Coverage Archive

09/28/17

San Francisco's top-performing schools, according to recent test scores

Filipa Ioannou | SF Gate
In San Francisco, the only urban district in the state where more than half of students were proficient in math and English, historically high-performing schools generally continued to perform well in 2017. Lowell High School boasted the largest share of students meeting expectations in both math and English among San Francisco's public high schools.... Read more

09/27/17

At Mission High, a way out

Peter King | Sports Illustrated
On the running track encircling storied Kezar Stadium, a few minutes before the start of inner-city Mission High’s game against visiting non-conference San Mateo, senior safety/running back Jamal Dixon, dressed in his brown Mission Bears uniform, approaches his mother for their weekly ritual. From the stands, the scent of marijuana wafts down from the tiny crowd. But mother and son don’t notice. They’re locked onto each other.... Read more

09/25/17

SF public schools to shift focus, resources on homeless students as numbers rise

Laura Waxmann | SF Examiner
More than 2,100 students attending San Francisco public schools were identified as homeless in the last school year, and to the chagrin of education leaders, that number is climbing steadily. An unaffordability crisis that has resulted in the displacement of families from their homes throughout The City has also factored into an increasing homelessness rate among youth in San Francisco, where one in every 25 students was homeless in the 2015-16 school year.... Read more

09/20/17

SF school district hopes to phase out fossil fuels by 2040

Laura Waxmann | SF Examiner
The San Francisco Unified School District is expected to join The City in tackling climate change with a resolution that aims to phase out fossil fuels by 2040. The resolution, sponsored by Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney and Vice President Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, will go before the Budget and Business Services Committee today for analysis and, if approved, move to the full board for vote.... Read more

09/13/17

San Francisco school board moves forward on teacher housing project

Jill Tucker | SF Gate
The San Francisco school board took a big step toward building apartments for some teachers and their classroom aides, a closely watched project that seeks to ease the housing crisis for educators. The board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to enter into an agreement with Mayor Ed Lee’s office of housing and development to pursue the construction of up to 150 units on a former school site in the Outer Sunset neighborhood.... Read more

09/12/17

SF considers adding more yellow school buses

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez | SF Examiner
Yellow school buses may once again roam San Francisco streets in great number. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority will explore funding a study on how to revive funding for yellow school buses in San Francisco, officials said in a transportation authority meeting Tuesday.... Read more

09/12/17

Salesforce aims to help immigrant students with donations to San Francisco, Oakland school

Becky Peterson | Business Insider
On Tuesday, Benioff is putting his company's money where his mouth is. Salesforce.org, Salesforce's nonprofit offshoot, is giving $12.2 million to the San Francisco and Oakland unified school districts, part of which will be used to support students from immigrant and refugee families. ... Read more

09/01/17

The push in solution

Julia McEvoy | KQED
When Michael Essien became an administrator at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco he saw right away that he needed to help teachers get behavior issues under control. If students acted out in class, teachers were sending them to an in-school detention, where they waited for disciplinary action.... Read more

08/23/17

SFUSD to streamline suicide prevention efforts targeting middle and high schoolers

Laura Waxmann | SF Examiner
The San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday approved a policy on suicide prevention targeting students in grades 7 through 12 in schools throughout the district. Adoption of the policy will ensure the San Francisco Unified School District’s compliance with a state law, Assembly Bill 2246, which passed in 2016. ... Read more

08/22/17

Looking at education with Carol Kocivar

Debi Kennedy | KALW
Mental health is important for student success. SFUSD's Student Intervention Team is a clinical mental health internship program that works to improve behavior, student attendance and academic success by increasing access to quality school-based mental health services... Read more

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