Charters vs. District: The Battle for San Francisco Public Schools

This article was updated Dec. 20 and appears in the winter 2019 print edition of the Public Press. Charter boosters cite results, but critics say they drain funds, manufacture support and cherry-pick students. When students at Malcolm X Academy returned to their elementary school in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco in August to begin a new year, they came back to a changed environment.  Read more

Bayview School Feeling Squeezed by New Charter

Malcolm X Academy sits atop one of the peaks that gives the Bayview district its name. It has commanding views of the bay and downtown San Francisco. The front of the school is decorated with brightly colored murals of the school’s namesake, maps of Africa and the motto of both the slain black leader and the school: “by any means necessary.”  Read more

An Ethnic Media Beacon Goes Dark, but Its Creator Keeps Inspiring

When Sandy Close recruited a young African-American rapper to her news organization, Pacific News Service, his first assignment was to write about Cantopop, popular music that swept Hong Kong and overseas Chinese communities in the 1980s and ’90s. She also asked a 16-year-old Afghan refugee to hang out with Salvadoran immigrants in San Francisco’s Dolores Park and write about why they joined gangs.  Read more

City Rolls Out Tech Platform to Improve — and Ration — Shelter, Housing for the Homeless

San Francisco has begun rolling out a new technology platform that officials say will better help the homeless population by giving priority for shelter and housing to those with the greatest need. But by formalizing who has priority — and who doesn’t — the system also functions as a form of rationing of the city’s scarce affordable housing.  Read more