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VIDEO: San Francisco Friends School hosts youth summit

Students at the San Francisco Friends School spent months studying issues like youth homelessness and climate change, then invited other middle school students to participate in a summit to learn more about what they learned. More than 230 students from all over the city joined the summit on May 4.

Mission Education Center clashes with SFUSD’s efforts to put a charter school at its campus

Parents, teachers, school board candidates and labor union representatives said Thursday afternoon at a protest at the Mission Education Center that they would not mind sharing space with some charter schools, but opposed the district’s decision to place the non-profit KIPP in six of its 13 classrooms at 1670 Noe St. “There are some great charter schools out there,” said...
Everett teacher Gary Cruz

April 20 Day of Action a must for Everett students

They are Everett Middle School students, but for some, gun violence happens right around the block. Jorge Caamal-Estrada, an eighth grader at Everett, said he was about five years old when a man was shot around the corner from his house off of Capp Street. The experience left a lasting impression — and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and...

Homeless shelter at SF Mission school met with questions, optimism from parents

Buena Vista Horace Mann School could be hosting 20 homeless families in one of its gyms, come October, as part an ambitious — and some would say controversial — proposal to help the high number of homeless students at the school. Outside the K-8 Mission District school on Wednesday morning, many parents — aware of the population of homeless students...

Mission Students Walk Out for Gun Control

Mission students joined others across the country in a nationwide walkout to demand what adults have so far failed to accomplish: that legislators enact controls on the purchase and distribution of guns. Here are a few scenes from the Mission. Ava Reynolds and Gussy Timken talked about their eighth-grade project at the Children’s Day School. And others walked and made their...

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...