By 2005, when a federal judge lifted the most recent desegregation orders, San Francisco Unified School District had been trying for more than three decades to make its schools more racially and socioeconomically diverse, starting in 1971 with forced busing.
San Francisco schools no longer exhibit the level of racial isolation they once did, but they are now resegregating, as are many others across the country. Read more
When white families fled public schools and blacks left the city, racial makeup of the district changed
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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
Academic Performance Index vs. Subsidized Lunches for Poor Families
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If one looks at the San Francisco Unified School District as a whole, a clear pattern emerges: Schools with the highest level of achievement tend to have the lowest levels of family poverty. Read more
Many schools have super-majorities of Asian or Latino students
Schools across San Francisco show markedly different levels of racial and ethnic diversity. Increasingly over the last five years, schools are dominated by one racial group.
With mathematical tools, it is possible to measure which schools are the most and least diverse. Read more
Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco in the fall 2014 print edition.
It started as the summer weather descended on the Mission District: Shabby tents popped up in clusters of three or four along residential streets at dusk. Read more
A San Francisco technology company is helping Bay Area residents visualize in 3-D how their neighborhoods could look under three feet of water when sea-level rise accelerates later this century.
The company’s virtual reality device is cleverly encased inside a viewfinder similar to the old-style coin-operated contraptions found at historical landmarks and national parks. Read more
As climate change continues to threaten California in myriad ways, policymakers face a tough dilemma: promote economic growth or protect the planet.
At first, these priorities seem incompatible, but some experts on the topic say the environment and the economy are intimately linked, and are calling for a radical restructuring of communities to make them more local and self-sufficient. Read more