Education

8:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Education

Golestan Kids: bringing Iran to west Berkeley

Hana Baba

The Bay Area’s cultural diversity is translated in so many different ways; you can hear it in how many languages are spoken here.  For parents wanting their children to be immersed in another language, there are  50 immersion programs , mostly  teaching Mandarin, Spanish, and French, but there is one school in Berkeley that’s one of the first Persian immersion preschools. It’s called Golestan Kids, named after a province in Iran that was a vital Persian stop on the silk road, thousands of years ago. Golestan kids is not just a Farsi language school, it’s a full cultural immersion experience.

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12:49pm

Thu April 3, 2014

East Bay Express: Berkeley's unequal punishment of teachers

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From our partners at the East Bay Express
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Sam Levin
On December 12, 2012, Berkeley High School teacher Brian Crowell wrote to principal Pasquale Scuderi about a concern he and several colleagues had been discussing for years. He wanted to know why the ninth-grade history curriculum at Academic Choice, one of six educational programs at the high school, did not include an ethnic studies component.

6:39pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Education

How PTA fundraising is creating a disparity among San Francisco elementary schools

Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / San Francisco Public Press

 

Elementary school parent-teacher associations (PTAs) might conjure up images of bake sales and silent auctions. But how much money do you think a PTA can really raise?

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6:38pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Education

San Francisco elementary school PTA debates how to use funds

A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in Bernal Heights. The event netted $3,000 for the PTA.
Tearsa Joy Hammock San Francisco Public Press

In 2011, the latest year that data is available, parents at San Francisco elementary schools collectively raised over five million dollars for their kids’ schools. More than half of that money was raised by only ten elementary schools in a district of 71.

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4:46pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Education

San Francisco parents raise private funds to support public school

Alvarado Elementary School
Under CC license from Flickr user Kevin Krejci

Steve Sacks is the PTA President at Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley. He takes a lot of pride in this small school and the education it provides to just over 500 students.

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