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
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
Part of a special report on homelessness and mental health in San Francisco, in the fall 2014 print edition. Stories rolling out online throughout the fall.
See accompanying story: S.F. Alternative Court Provides Lifeline
An new reform to California’s prisons that reduces tough sentences for some felonies could also provide a financial windfall to a long-running community court experiment that diverts people with mental illness out of the criminal justice system. Read more