Education

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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3:59pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Education

A starting place for former foster youth

Darrell Molett in his living room
Rachel Wong


Dejon Lewis was 11 years old when child protective services arrived to take him and his twin sister away from their mother, whom he says is a drug addict. But instead of giving themselves over to the state, the two children made a run for it. Lewis says they stayed with a family friend for a while, but eventually they turned themselves in, and that’s when he entered the foster care system. Since then, Lewis has bounced around a lot.

“It’s hard to live when you’re just living with strangers and strangers and strangers, and no relatives. But I know down the road that that wouldn’t last forever, so I had to figure out how to be more independent,” he says.

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