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Startup Crowdfunds Books for Schools

A new target for tech disruption: Illiteracy. A product marketer and freelance web developer have started a site that collects recurring donations from Bay Area residents with something to spare, and converts that money into books that go to local schools that need them by providing credit to a subsidized bookseller. Founders A.T. McWilliams and Holman Gao both have a longstanding...
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Classroom Volunteers Sought for Mission Schools

Got an hour a week to spend with a local student? The San Francisco Education Fund, a nonprofit that partners with the district to support underserved children in city schools, is recruiting volunteers to spend one-on-one time with students at Everett, Mission High, and James Lick in the Mission. The volunteers, who must commit to about an hour a week...
Students walk down Valencia Street holding signs in a march to promote solidarity and dispel fear after the election of Donald Trump. Photo by Laura Wenus

Schools Respond to Post-Election Fears With March in SF Mission

Students, parents and teachers walked out of Buena Vista Horace Mann school Wednesday morning to publicly declare their support for undocumented immigrants, women, and other targets of disparaging remarks made by president-elect Donald Trump. Some 200 people of all ages streamed onto the sidewalk of Valencia Street, carrying signs made by the children with messages of solidarity, chanting “build kindness,...
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San Francisco Could Be First in California to Give Non-Citizens School Board Vote

If a new ballot measure passes in November, San Francisco may become the first city in California to give non-citizens a vote in local school board elections.  Proposition N, which would let parents and guardians of students in the San Francisco school district vote for school board members, is critical in a city where immigrants account for 35 percent of the population, say supporters. More...
The Mission Science Workshop celebrates 25 years in the Mission District. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Science Workshop Gala at City Hall Tonight

For its 25th birthday, the Mission Science Workshop will party at City Hall – and attending alongside science workshop alums, teachers and supporters will be Gracie, a giant grey whale skeleton recovered from Pescadero. What’s more, the city has declared October 27 “Mission Science Workshop Day” in honor of the workshop’s contribution to the community. The gala, which takes place in the...
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CCSF Students, Faculty Push Back on Accreditation Troubles

Faculty, staff, and students at the City College of San Francisco held a press conference on Wednesday to outline their concerns following the college’s years-old accreditation battle, which has damaged the college’s enrollment, school officials say. “If you think it’s hyperbole to say it’s a crime scene, it’s not,” said Tim Killikelly, president of the faculty union. Since 2012, the city college has experienced...
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Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded....
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Expanded 20th St. Party Honors SF Mission Icon

A Mission leader credited with helping to place some 40,000 Latino and immigrant community members in jobs will be honored at this Saturday’s 20th Street Block Party– a free, day-long neighborhood party expected to draw some 15,000 revelers to the 20th Street Corridor. The building that houses the Mission Language and Vocational School at 2929 19th St. will be named after its...
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Education Forum and Backpack Giveaway on Saturday

  A group of organizations focused on supporting students at local schools and their families will host a series of presentations and a backpack giveaway at the Mission District branch of San Francisco City College this Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Mission Promise Neighborhood is a citywide community partnership of schools, colleges, nonprofits and local leaders...
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High School Students Push for Proposition C

The housing crisis is on everyone’s mind – even, and perhaps especially so, on the minds of students at San Francisco International High School, where one class recently completed coursework on the local June ballot’s Proposition C. The proposition would put the city’s inclusionary housing requirement into the hands of the Board of Supervisors, to be adjusted as necessary to...
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Bugs, Insects, and More at the Randall Museum This Weekend

Kids and adults alike are invited to the Randall Museum’s temporary location at the Mission Arts Center on Treat Street to get up close and personal with the world of bugs. The free event features live music, crafts, food and more – including, of course, getting up close and personal with a variety of bugs. Those who attend will also learn about...
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Supervisors Approve Teacher Protections, All-Gender Restrooms, Homelessness Crisis Declaration

The Board of Supervisors passed three pieces of legislation — two of them unanimously — on Tuesday, all three of which were introduced by Supervisor David Campos. Supervisors restricted no-fault evictions of teachers and students during the school year, approved gender-neutral public bathrooms, and declared a homeless shelter crisis city-wide. Though the items will come up for a final vote...
Nathaniel Moore loads up a tape from the Freedom Archives. Photo by Laura Wenus

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Mission’s Freedom Archives

Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and...
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School Eyes Commercial Space at Vida Building

A private elementary school is eyeing one of the vacant commercial spaces below the Vida apartment complex on Mission Street near 22nd Street as a potential location for its expansion into middle school. Alta Vista School, a nonprofit private school, will have a public pre-application meeting on April 7 to get community feedback before it applies for a change of...
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SF Students Get Leadership Education from the Great Outdoors

Sometimes what it takes to get kids to learn abstract skills is to send them outdoors – at least that’s what San Francisco educators are finding as they send their students on trips through Outward Bound, an organization dedicated to getting kids outdoors. For many city kids, suddenly up and leaving on a five-day backpacking trip is no joke. Josh...