Education

5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

What the election results mean for public education

San Mateo High School
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This past election, San Franciscans voted on 18 state and local ballot initiatives. Arguably the biggest winner was public education.

On the state level, voters approved Proposition 30, which was a tax increase to fund K-12 programs and community colleges across the state. San Franciscans passed local Proposition A, establishing a more secure financial footing for City College.

KALW’s education reporter, Jen Chien, reports on how these measures will be rolled out and what their impact on public education will likely be.

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5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

Queer studies department at CCSF braces for cutbacks

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The department of LGBTQ studies at City College of San Francisco, the first queer studies department in the U.S., founded in 1978, is facing consolidation. Professor Ardel Thomas heads the Department. KALW’s Hana Baba asked her what would happen if consolidation is carried out.

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

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4:26pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Ethnic Studies

Proposal to fuse ethnic studies programs sparks controversy

City College of San Francisco is proposing to consolidate all its ethnic studies departments into one department. That has many people concerned, and some downright angry – especially in a city that boasts the country’s first Ethnic Studies department (at San Francisco State).  

Sean Arce, director of the Mexican-American Studies program for the Tucson Unified School District, says the program "highlights the struggle of the families and the students, of what they go through and how we are struggling. We will continue to struggle for Raza studies, for ethnic studies, in Tuscon."

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12:00am

Thu November 29, 2012
Your Call

Today On Your Call: Bringing Diversity Into Higher Education

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On today's Your Call we’ll talk about bringing diversity into higher education. How do you do it? How do you know when it’s working? We’ll look back at the history of ethnic studies and try and make sense of the battles going on today. What does ethnic studies really mean? How about diversity studies? What has been gained by the creation of these departments and what may be lost in their consolidation?


Guests:


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3:04pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Education

Charter school offers alternative approach to education in Oakland

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Oakland Unified School District has the largest enrollment of any district in Alameda County, with 136 schools and over 46,000 students. Within OUSD, about 25 percent are charter schools and this number keeps growing.

Arise High School, a charter, is inside the Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland. The plaza looks hip and newly built. There’s a bank, senior center and a dentist’s office – not the typical setting for a high school with over 200 students. G. Reyes, one of the school’s co-principals, says Arise created a unique approach to learning.

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