Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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6:02pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 15, 2013

Kindergartners get a jump on college savings; helping low-income students save for college; Hear Here: Seeking a higher education; a few of our listeners fondly remember their favorite teacher; and local band The Bayonics.

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5:20pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Helping low-income students save for college

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1:1 Fund

Carl Rist is behind a local effort called 1:1 Fund. It combines social networking and crowd funding techniques to help low-income students save for college. The 1:1 fund is a project of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, or CFED, and Rist is executive director of the project. He spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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5:17pm

Wed May 15, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Seeking a higher education

Esther Goolsby at the 81st Avenue East Oakland Library

Esther Goolsby is from East Oakland, and she is one of the people Carl Rist’s program might have helped if it were around back in the 90s. She was living in East Oakland, and at age 16 was already a mom. She told our community storytelling project, Hear Here, about the path she took to a college degree. 

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4:27pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Kindergarteners get a jump on college savings

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Gerard Van der Leun

At the Castro branch of Citibank in San Francisco, kindergartener Mat Larizadeh is making his very first bank deposit. Mat walks with his mom, Aoddi Attasara, up to the teller window. He’s much too short to see what transpires up there, but he knows the amount is $50 – and that it has something to do with his education. After the transaction, the two make their way over to a table where a plate of cookies, a stack of coloring books, and a clear plastic piggy bank await them.

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3:53pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

San Francisco Unified School District employees charged with stealing funds

San Francisco Unified School District headquarters

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is dealing, today, with news that six employees misappropriated $15 million of public funds. A three-year investigation by law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office resulted in charges including grand theft, embezzlement, forgery, and perjury. Jill Tucker has been covering the case for the San Francisco Chronicle. In her cover story this morning, she details how the money was spread between school services, outside non-profits, internal computer systems, salaries, and benefits. I reached Tucker by phone and asked her how $6.7 million were allegedly used on student programs that were not designated by grant funding.

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