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Ninna Gaensler-Debs

Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School is the only non-charter public middle school in Bayview-Hunters Point. Sixty percent of the kids in the school’s inaugural sixth grade class live in the neighborhood. 

Ray Johnston

 

On the May 25th edition of Your Call, Professor Andrés Reséndez joins us to discuss his new book, The Other Slavery, the Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Hana Baba

This is a field trip.

East Bay school kids going to the California Academy of  Sciences - pretty typical, right? Wrong.

This is the weekend school of the Sudanese Association of Northern California, or SANC, where Sudanese kids come every Sunday to learn their parents’ mother tongue and immerse themselves in Sudanese poetry, folklore, music, and spirituality.  Even this bus ride from San Leandro to San Francisco is a cultural lesson in disguise.

Laura Flynn

 

On the April 27th of Your Call, we’ll discuss the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) faculty strike. 

"UF McCarty Desks Classroom" by Flickr user Christopher Sessums. Used under CC BY 2.0 / resized and cropped

 

The commercial sexual exploitation of children, or CSEC, can mean a lot of things including forced prostitution, pornography or the sex trafficking of minors.

 

On the April 21st edition of Your Call, Dr. Monique W. Morris joins us to discuss her new book “Pushout, the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” 

City Visions:  Host Joseph Pace examines the tensions between free speech and University of California anti-discrimination policies.

Last month, the UC Regents approved a document condemning "anti-Semitic forms" of anti-Zionism.  Does a document like this effectively curb free speech, or is it a necessary check against discrimination?  What is happening on UC campuses to make the Regents feel this mostly symbolic gesture is necessary?

Producer: Wendy Holcombe

Guests:

Courtesy of Anya Manes

San Francisco educator Anya Manes used to teach sex ed in her high school biology class. Now, she teaches parents how to take up the discussion at home.

 

U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. 

On the February 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about teaching kids a more accurate, complex lesson on history of marginalized people.

As 2015 comes to a close, BackStory is winding back the clock to hear what some favporite moments from the show have to say about the year’s major news stories.

What does the 19th century populist movement tell us about the 2016 presidential campaign? And how does the 1897 battle over America’s first long-distance oil pipeline connect to the Keystone XL debate? 

Hear all about it on BackStory, Monday, December 28th at Noon.

Your Call: Who's in charge of America's schools?

Dec 22, 2015

 On the December 22nd edition of Your Call, veteran education journalist Dale Russakoff joins us to discuss her new book The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? 

Angela Johnston

It’s the end of the week at Laurelwood Elementary, and the kids in Katy Howser’s kindergarten class are getting a quick lesson about bugs before they clean up and go home.

Stevie Evans has been a special education teacher for four years.

“I feel like when I first started this job, I was just thrown into the lions den,” she says. “I mean, I came into teaching through teach for America – and they really prepare you well for teaching.”

Your Call: Who was Jack London?

Nov 8, 2015

On the November 9th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with professor Cecelia Tichi about her now book “Jack London: A Writer’s Fight for a Better America.”

November 9, 2015.  In October Governor Brown signed two laws making changes to California's requirements for sex education in high schools. One of those laws makes California the first state to require certain high schools to teach about sexual violence prevention and the “yes means yes” sexual consent standard.  Host Joseph Pace talks with educators about the new laws on City Visions.

Nicole West

 

 

It’s a sunny, April afternoon at Richmond College Prep School. Around 20 fourth graders fidget at their tables near their outdoor garden. Each table is covered with placemats, bowls, cutting boards, and a recipe.

Your Call: Who's in charge of America's schools?

Oct 21, 2015

  On the October 21st edition of Your Call, veteran education journalist Dale Russakoff joins us to discuss her new book The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? 

Superindendent's Report

Oct 13, 2015

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza reports to the SF Board of Education at the meeting of Tuesday October 13, 2015.

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar

Oct 13, 2015

Carol Kocivar talks today with Michael McFarland, the Student Member on the California State Board Of Education.

Mark Tuschman

On the Oct 6th edition of Your Call we'll have a conversation with Mark Tuschman about his new book “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge.” 

On October 5, 2015 City Visions examines Common Core.  California adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, and in the spring of 2014 the first tests were administered under the new regime.  The results are in, and there is much room for improvement.  

On the September 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with reporter Kristina Rizga about her new book “Mission High.”

Your Call: The dark history of California missions

Sep 13, 2015

On the September 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with award winning journalist Elias Castillo about his new book “Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions."

18 in the Bay

Aug 24, 2015
Jiro Bevis for Matter

Turning 18 is a big deal. You can rent an apartment, you can get a tattoo, you can vote. Perhaps most importantly, you're legally recognized as an adult.

You might remember that moment yourself, but almost everything else about being that age is changing fast, even in the past few years. So what’s it actually like to be 18 right now?

On the August 24th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with founders of Voices of Witness, an oral history project, and book series that depicts human rights injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them.

 

For decades, California’s public university system has been a model for the world, and its prestige has helped to create much of the state’s prosperity. More recently the system has been stumbling – a victim of constant budget cutting, chronic overcrowding, and administrative gridlock.



In 2011, about 82 percent of San Francisco’s students graduated from high school. Ten percent dropped out. Break it down by ethnic group and the numbers change in uncomfortable ways. For example, just 62.3 percent of the city’s African-American students graduated, and nearly 20 percent dropped out. The numbers for Latino students are similar. Kids need education and support, but resources are increasingly scarce. Often in these cases, in cities like San Francisco, nonprofits step in. Resources for those organizations are limited, too, but it helps to be able to show pretty much constant success.

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