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What is QTEA?

You may not have heard of the Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), a voter initiative approved in 2008 for a parcel tax to support San Francisco’s ability to attract and retain quality teachers, but its impact is undeniable.... Read more


Increase to the Public Education Enrichment Fund approved

On March 21, the San Francisco Board of Education approved a $3.9 million increase to Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) programs in the SFUSD budget, as the city has a projected increase in funds for PEEF. The additional funds will support the expansion of programs and create new positions in areas funded by PEEF, including school sports, libraries, arts, music, and student wellness. ... Read more


Schools save 21,000 gallons of water

One early Tuesday morning in February, first graders at Fairmount Elementary gathered in their schoolyard garden to sing about water. More specifically they sang about precipitation, condensation, and evaporation -- also known as the water cycle. Then they grabbed watering cans and watered their growing crop of kale, carrots and flowers.... Read more


Engaging students with Modern Band at Visitacion Valley Middle School

Students won’t find clarinets, flutes or other traditional school band instruments in Lauren Schwartz’s music class. Instead, Schwartz is keeping her students engaged by encouraging them to sing and play today’s chart-topping songs. In her Modern Band class at Visitacion Valley Middle School, students learn electric bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums, and singing. ... Read more


7th graders at Willie Brown Middle School team up with mentors at top STEAM companies

Every Wednesday, seventh-graders at Willie Brown L. Middle School load charter buses headed to some of the world’s top companies like Google, Salesforce, and Adobe. At the company, each student pairs with a mentor and together they tackle a project of the student’s choice.... Read more


Volunteers brighten Cobb Elementary schoolyard for students

An army of red shirts -- with paintbrushes in hand -- descended upon Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary earlier this year. Their mission: make over the schoolyard.... Read more


SFUSD students experiment with STEM at Willie Brown Middle School event

In a classroom at Willie L. Brown Middle School, students scurried about the room with droppers in hand “exchanging fluids” in each other’s test tubes. Unknowingly, two of the students were carrying a “virus” that would infect their classmates’ fluids.... Read more


Come sit with us!

Sitting alone at a table with a big colored dot on it, a shy girl shrugged, looked around the cafeteria filling up with other students, and ate her lunch. But this was no ordinary lunchtime for Clarendon Elementary--it was “Mix it Up at Lunch” day. ... Read more


Building community engagement with neighborhood playgrounds

Supervisor Mark Farrell’s fondest memories of growing up in San Francisco always come back to playing ball with his friends and neighbors on the colorful yards of his local school. Years later, balancing one son on his hip, the other holding his hand and his daughter pushing ahead, Farrell tried to enter his local schoolyard, Roosevelt Middle School. This time, a heavy lock barred them from the schoolyard. The hopscotch chalk marks, the painted four-square lines and the winding slides were left untouched while the Farrells walked back home. ... Read more


Hey kids, let's have breakfast!

For a lot of kids, breakfast is a challenge -- rushed morning routines, lack of enough food at home, or just not being hungry for an early-morning meal -- and that challenge can add up to a lot of hungry kids at school. SFUSD’s nutrition services has been tackling this issue for several years and is now getting breakfast to 37,000 students a day, free of charge, and delivering it to them in the way that works best for the students. ... Read more