San Francisco plans to close all public schools for three weeks as a containment measure against the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mark Sanchez, president of the San Francisco Unified School District board.
Students at San Francisco State University are grappling with conflicting directions from campus administrators about student housing during the coronavirus outbreak.
City College Improvements, Job Training —
Proposition A would authorize the City College of San Francisco to issue up to $845 million in bonds to pay for repairs and upgrades to facilities, as well as training programs to prepare students for local jobs in the science, arts and technology fields. Property tax revenue would pay off the issued bonds.
Facilities Construction at Public Schools — Proposition 13 would authorize a $15 billion state bond measure to provide matching funding to districts for renovation and construction of facilities. $9 billion are slated for K-12 schools, and $6 billion for public higher education institutions. The measure prioritizes districts that have health and safety needs, like lead in their water, or that are too small to raise adequate funds through taxes.
A California proposition on the March ballot would issue $15 billion in state bonds for facilities construction at public schools.
Nearly half a million people in San Francisco say they visit their local library branch every month — for books, sure, but the library offers services for a variety of needs.
Two challengers are running against Jenny Lam, who holds one of seven seats on the city’s Board of Education. Lam serves as the mayor’s education adviser, and was appointed to the board in January because of Matt Haney’s departure from the board to step into his elected role as District 6 Supervisor. Candidates Kirsten Strobel and Bobby Coleman entered the race after the school board voted to destroy a controversial mural at Washington High School, a decision that was later amended to call for the mural to be covered rather than destroyed. We asked all three candidates about their vision for improving student success and how the district should be run.
In a first for the 2018 election season, students took the reins to organize a forum for school board candidates. They asked the questions and ran the show.
Racial segregation in San Francisco public schools is back in the news, with a proposal to change how the district places students into elementary school. This move comes three years after the Public Press reported on how the system was resegregating city schools.