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Bilingual Renaissance or Reversal?

In 1970s San Francisco, my partner, Michelle, attended Marshall Elementary, a public school in the Mission. Raised by a Cuban-born grandmother and mother, she came to Marshall speaking fluent Spanish. There she received one year of formal bilingual instruction in Spanish — an experience that she would never have again after she transferred from Marshall to another school in the Castro.  Read more
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San Francisco Schools’ Changing Demographics

When white families fled public schools and blacks left the city, racial makeup of the district changed <a href=’#’><img alt=’Dashboard 1 ‘ src=’https://publicrevizit.tableausoftware.com/static/images/Sc/SchoolEnrollmentinSanFranciscoschoolssince1969/Dashboard1/1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a> Over five decades, San Francisco saw a demographic transformation in its public school system. In 1969, white and black students together were the majority, as in most of the rest of the United States.  Read more
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Bucking a punitive trend, San Francisco lets students own up to misdeeds instead of getting kicked out of school

How one big-city district cut suspensions and expulsions — and why they may rise again These articles were produced through a reporting collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity. Instead of being kicked out for fighting, stealing, talking back or other disruptive behavior, public school students in San Francisco are being asked to listen to each other, write letters of apology, work out solutions with the help of parents and educators or engage in community service.  Read more