The most extreme cyber-bullying cases -- the ones that lead to suicides or jail sentences -- are often so gripping and gory that it's easy to forget they're atypical. Even lawmakers can't see beyond the painful and prurient details of the now-infamous Steubenville High School Rape, or the suicide of ... More >>
The Central Valley Meat Company is in trouble. Again. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services announced that 58,240 pounds of ground beef intended for the National School Lunch Program contained small pieces of plastic in some of the packages. Thank god ... More >>
The 9-year-old girl who was found dead yesterday near her family's vacation home in Lake County was a San Francisco resident who attended the special needs program at Sunset Elementary. The Examiner reported this morning that the San Francisco Unified School District is in the process of letting s ... More >>
Today, 70 teachers and 35 other public school employees will receive layoff notifications. If this year is anything like recent ones, though, almost all those employees will have their jobs back by the time school is back in session. The layoffs have become something of an annual rite of summer v ... More >>
Earlier this month, we introduced you to Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, the Bayview teacher who was being sued for reportedly smacking around her students and stealing their Twinkies. After that drama, the school district put her on administrative leave and said they'd be transferring her to some other sch ... More >>
Accused rapist worked in schoolsAs if this story couldn't get any more disturbing, San Francisco school officials confirmed that Frederick Dozier, the man suspected of three brutal rapes in the Mission District, worked for the San Francisco Unified School District, dating back to 2008. Gentle Bly ... More >>
Lauren SmileyYou tell me: Is this guy an Occupy camper or just another Mission District resident?The feeling is mutual between Mission residents and Occupy SF protesters: Neither group wants to see the encampment relocate to the Mission District, despite what city officials say. The Chron's Matie ... More >>
The city wants Justin Herman Plaza 100 percent clear of the 99 percentOccupy SF's time on Justin Herman Plaza is quickly coming to an end as city officials warned the group it has until noon today to voluntarily pack up its tents and leave the plaza where protesters have been camped out for nearl ... More >>
It needs to get betterA new survey of San Francisco Unified School District teens says gay middle school boys were more than four times as likely to report being assaulted by their intimate partners than straight boys were. Gay middle school girls, meanwhile, were three times as likely as straigh ... More >>
School board members' salariesSan Francisco city supervisors are thinking to bail out the local school district -- again. Understandably so: Schools are in dire straits financially.But what's more difficult to understand is why taxpayers are being asked to increase salaries of the education ... More >>
Our schools are broke, but so are our teachers Nevermind the steep budget cuts facing our schools -- San Francisco education officials want a hefty raise and it looks as though they might get one. After much debate over the last several months, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors favored placi ... More >>
One bump sometimes leads to anotherOn Monday afternoon, labor organizers planned to pack a City Hall hearing room to protest Mayor Ed Lee's plans to eliminate the controversial practice of "bumping," which allows city workers who are laid off in one city department to displace lower-seniority wor ... More >>
It turns out the San Francisco Unified School District doesn't always say no...Kids these days have plenty to worry about, not the least of which is the threat posed by medical cannabis. Recent studies show more high schoolers in America use pot than smoke cigarettes, and San Francisco public ... More >>
So, people want to read about the dog...People do visit other websites. We know this. Here's what they're reading there. San Francisco Examiner: An older man stabbed a teenager in Golden Gate Park Tuesday, proving you're never too old to do something really stupid. This article also, conveniently ... More >>
Wait a minute! This doesn't add up! This year's going-back-to-school story has been that San Francisco public high schools are now requiring all incoming ninth graders to complete the 15 courses required for admission to the University of California or California State University systems. Known i ... More >>
Despite -- or perhaps because of -- loud lamentations about bizarre union work rules that promised to displace secretaries at San Francisco schools, only one school site has so far been affected by the regulations, school-district officials say.Earlier this month we told the story of Sandra Rios, ... More >>
I've had a really busy few weeks, and I haven't been able to catch up on any of the new fall shows yet. So I tried to cram a lot of television in this weekend while writing SF Gov InAction. Just so you know. Monday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - Public Safety Committee Somebody has to sa ... More >>
S.F. public school teachers get a whopping 50 cents per student per year for art supplies, a fact that has motivated Crème Brûlée Cart to pitch in with a fundraiser on Sunday, October 18 from 2-4 p.m. at Fabric8 (3318 22nd St. at Valencia). There, you'll be able to buy a brûlée ($4) or recei ... More >>
Was Bob defrauded here in San Francisco?Late last month, SF Weekly ran several stories about the purported San Francisco ties of NBC Contractors, a scandal-infested building firm charged with dozens of felonies in Alameda County. The firm is charged with systematically forcing its Chinese electri ... More >>
JROTC is in the house...Despite the best efforts of the progressive establishment to purge JROTC from San Francisco's schools over the past three years, the leadership program taught by retired military personnel will begin its march back from oblivion when school starts this month. Fo ... More >>
Some 'school bullies' have allegedly found a novel use for an umbrella, tooWhen I was in school, we had the boy who left a deposit in the broom closet. We had the boy who kissed other boys because he saw Bugs Bunny do it. We had the boys who ate boogers, paste, and other kids' lunches. We didn't hav ... More >>
Former truants relapse, stay away from attendance awards in droves.
As The Apologist takes a bow and asks its final questions, it's time to turn the spotlight on ourselves
Week of Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Three years ago, San Francisco launched an experiment with a new kind of school. It worked. So why isn't the district pursuing it?
Hidden in the city's special day classes, like the roots of San Francisco's segregation itself, are disproportionately high numbers of African-American and Latino kids.
How the fractured counterrecruitment movement includes those hoping to bring the draft back
How teachers, parents, and a young white principal have taken plans for a Dream School in the Bayview and made them a dream of their own
An unorthodox school for dropout risks is still searching for a campus, leaving students in learning limbo
Overpriced Sports Star Joins Local Team; Light Reading; A Match Made in Heaven; A Suggestion for Rearranging the Deck Chairs at Salon.com
New school superintendent Arlene Ackerman has fostered educational excellence -- and ignited political firestorms. Her first major initiative? A significant shift in funding, from wealthier to poorer schools, being planned behind closed doors.
PeopleSoft software has forced a Delaware manufacturer to cut paychecks to Mickey Mouse and let failing Wisconsin college students evade expulsion. Guess what software the San Francisco school district owns?
S.F. schools must pay up for breaking federal labor laws
A school district administrator's extracurricular foreign recruiting prompts investigations in two countries
Late reports prompt state to hold S.F. school district head's pay
For consultants, the S.F. school district ATM is wide open
Why San Francisco's Byzantine school desegregation program systematically fails the children it was designed to help
The schools' low-wire act leaves students dangling