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Marshall Elementary parents defend teacher accused of child abuse

Parents of Marshall Elementary School are going to bat for a teacher who was arrested on Tuesday for alleged child abuse. They say he was a pillar of the community and the charges against him have been blown out of proportion. On Tuesday just before noon, Andres Tobar, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Marshall Elementary School turned himself into the...

SF teacher says she was tricked into ‘I Am Not a Monster’ BART campaign

When Nancy Ana Lucero discovered that her picture appeared in an “I Am Not a Monster” ad at the 16th and Mission BART station, she was furious. It was sometime in September, she recalled; a fellow educator had called her to let her know. “I was shocked,” she told Mission Local in a recent interview. “I thought it was really...

Charter school advocates get down and, some say, dirty

Caroline Ayres just wanted to hear about her kids’ school system. What she got was the hybrid of a political rally and a revival meeting. “It was,” she recalls, “an attempt at conversion via emotional outreach.”   It happened earlier this month on Mission Street, in a Sons of Italy outpost promising reasonable rates for its hall of mirrors. There,...

John O’Connell students react to teacher accused of sexual assault

As John O’Connell High School students left school on Friday, students talked about the physical education teacher and soccer coach who more than 30 female students have accused of sexual assault. The teacher, Bob Gamino, was placed on administrative leave in May after several students accused him of sexual assault. After other students stepped forward with similar complaints during an...

SF John O’Connell teacher retires amid allegations of sexual assault

Laura Waxmann at the SF Examiner reports: A former John O’Connell High School physical education teacher and soccer coach retired this summer with a full pension despite allegations of sexual assault by some 30 female students and reports of his inappropriate behavior made to the school’s administrators two years ago. Bob Gamino, who has been employed with the San Francisco...

Ebony McKinney, Tireless Advocate for the Arts, Dies Unexpectedly (KQED)

This story originally appeared on KQED.org by Kevin L. Jones. Ebony McKinney, a tireless advocate for the arts who pushed for diversity in the community and for unity among local organizations, died unexpectedly on Saturday from complications related to pneumonia and lupus. She was 41. The San Francisco Art Commission (SFAC), where McKinney has worked off-and-on since 2005, announced McKinney’s...

Community is grateful for art and culture

Precita Eyes’ Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita Park has always had a high community presence. “Everybody is very supportive of what we do,” said Yuka Ezoe, the Education Director of Precita Eyes Muralists, a community-based non-profit mural and arts education group. Many of the volunteers who help out grew up going to the festival and appreciate what Precita...

Mission District bilingual school unveils art with message of inclusion and unity

A circle of ceramic flowers now hangs above the 23rd Street entrance to Buena Vista Horace Mann, symbolizing the unity of the school’s community. After a year of divisive political rhetoric aimed at immigrants, the teachers and parents at San Francisco’s first public Spanish-English immersion school hoped creating the work of art would send its students a powerful message: They...

Today: Mission youth will march toward a college education

Over 500 students and their families are expected to march through the Mission District today to declare their commitment to gaining a college education. The annual March to College will begin at 3 p.m. at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 at 3351 23rd St. From there, the march will snake along Mission Street and down 20th Street to John O’Connell High School at 2355...

Youth open mic delves into equality, shame and drive

“Here I am at 105 pounds and friendless. I want friends.” she said. “I want to love myself so badly, but it’s so hard.” Friday night’s open mic, presented by Youth Speaks and held at 826 Valencia, saw depth of reflection seldom associated with America’s young adults. Performing in front of well-stocked bookshelves, young men and women spoke of gender...

Mission High Basketball Team Honored at City Hall

Mayor Ed Lee and the supervisors honored the Mission High School basketball team on Wednesday evening for doing what no other high school in San Francisco has accomplished – winning a statewide basketball title. In late March the team won the statewide Division 3 title in an 82-75 overtime win against Villa Park High School. For this they were handed the...

Police comb Mission District school searching for suspects

Police searched Marshall Elementary Tuesday evening, looking for suspects in an earlier incident in which someone threw a gun out of a car window.  Although children had been dismissed for the day some staff were on hand, and police cleared all for the search. “I just got kicked out” said Chi Ho Leung, a janitor who had been working at...

Mission High School team honored by Warriors

The Mission High Bears stood up to a roar from the Oracle Arena crowd on Sunday night –  a roar at least as loud as any other on a night of phenomenal plays by Stephen Curry that gave  the Warriors a 139 to 115 win over the Wizards. Mission High’s basketball team has done what no other public school in...

Mission High heads to state championship! (SF Gate)

Mission High has made history. From last night’s game in Fairfield, SF Gate reports: FAIRFIELD — It first looked as though it was going to be easy. And then it wasn’t. One thing was clear, though: Nothing was going to keep the Mission High boys basketball team from making history. Bears senior guard Niamey Harris scored 23 points — including...

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Speaks to the Mission

A career in journalism and advocacy that spans half a century has not only equipped 82-year-old feminist icon Gloria Steinem with a trove of accomplishments and wisdom, but also with a disarming sense of humor. Despite the seriousness of her decades-long fight for women’s rights and gender equality, Steinem drew outbursts of laughter and applause from the some 400 people...