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August 20, 2014  |  Speak Up Now for Walkable Schools

by Lee Hsu

Do you want a school that’s within walking distance?  Do you want to give the school board input on what would keep you in public school instead of opting for private school or leaving San Francisco for the predictability of suburban schools?

If so, join us at SFUSD headquarters on Tuesday, August 26, 6pm, at 555 Franklin St (@Fulton).

The school board is considering a modest change to the school assignment process that will have a big ... | Read More >

August 19, 2014  |  San Francisco’s tale of two school systems

By Joel Engardio

Charles Dickens remains timeless as politicians try to win votes by comparing today’s economic inequality with his 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

While hyperbole is easy in the absence of French Revolution-era guillotines, the disparity gap is quite real — and surprisingly wide — in San Francisco’s tale of two school systems.

Consider: More than 60 percent of public-school students in San Francisco are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. And the public-school population has ... | Read More >

August 15, 2014  |  The Promise and Polemics of Sharing

by Ian Kalin

The most effective protests aren’t always the loudest.  Sometimes, change advocates are more effective conducting business in living rooms instead of marching in the streets.  This is evident in the “sharing economy”, which is famously demonstrated by companies like AirBNB, where individual homeowners can rent out a spare room to visitors.  The comparative power of the “distributed-many” versus the “consolidate-few” is increasingly challenging political dynamics and traditional notions of democratic power.  Within San Francisco, in particular, ... | Read More >

August 6, 2014  |  Public School Assignment – “The CTIP Flip”

by Lee Hsu

I’m a public school parent who went through the current assignment process. It wasn’t fun for me or for my two boys. Thankfully, we have an opportunity to make things better if parents will support neighborhood schools and insist on great schools in every neighborhood.

A world-class city like San Francisco should have world-class public schools that draw middle-class families to the city. For our school system to go from good to world-class, we need to keep more families ... | Read More >

August 3, 2014  |  Does the School Board Matter?

by Joel Engardio

Lots of San Francisco voters skip school board elections. Maybe it’s because just 16 percent of The City’s households have kids. Nationally, the number is 44 percent.

Yet school board policies affect everyone.

For example, all good San Francisco liberals – parents or not — should care if a complicated school assignment system contributes to the widening economic gap.

Stuck in traffic? All drivers should realize how school assignment worsens the maddening crawl.

And aspiring homeowners will want to know how the ... | Read More >