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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...
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

Science Workshop Celebrates 25 Years in the Mission

For the past 25 years, Mission resident Dan Sudran and his small team of instructors at the Mission Science Workshop have provided underserved students with a safe space outside of the classroom to tinker, explore, and wonder about nature, technology, and science. On Thursday, the workshop celebrated its quarter century anniversary by opening the doors to its auto shop-turned-science-lab to...
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Elementary Students March for College Awareness

An estimated 400 students ranging from 3rd to 5th grade, accompanied by some 100 parents and members of the Mission Graduates program, gathered in the schoolyard at Buena Vista Horace Mann  Thursday at 3 p.m. to  celebrate Mission youth going to college.  Other schools joining in the march included Everett, Flynn, Cesar Chavez, James Lick, and several others. Gerber Marquez, a manager...
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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...
Chase Davenport, Nicola Fleischer, and Shernice Lazare visit the Mission Local office. Photo by Lydia Chávez

New School For K-1 Will Open In Mission

There’ll be new kids on the block come August 17, when a charter school called the New School opens its doors to 44 kindergarteners and 44 first graders. The school will open its temporary 8,000 square foot space on 19th street between Alabama and Florida streets, but expects to outgrow the space as it grows over the next few years....
Margaret Fisher addresses a group of community leaders and oral health professionals at the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc

SF’s Income Disparity Displayed in a Smile of Bad Teeth

Tooth decay paints a bleak picture of the Mission’s growing inequality. Even as incomes rise, the kindergartners at Mission Education Center claim the dubious distinction of having the worst teeth in the city – some 75 percent have had tooth decay, according to Department of Public Health statistics. In the 94110 zip code, between 15 and 19 percent of white...
Marshall Elementary students performing the song El Barco on stage during the schools 100th anniversary. Photo by Andrea Valencia

Marshall Elementary Celebrates 100 Years

With elected officials, former and current teachers and some 265 students and many parents, Marshall Elementary celebrated its 100 anniversary Friday with singing, dancing, stories and filling a time capsule to be opened in 2115. Dulce Gutiérrez, who has a nine-year old at the school, said it was impressive to see how many people have been part of the school in different...
Karoleen Feng of MEDA describes the findings of a survey of parents around the Mission at Buena Vista Horace Mann Thursday evening. Photo by Laura Wenus

Rising Costs Hit Teachers Hard

Linda Perez, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann, shares her home with nine people — only two of them are family members. Frank Lara teaches fourth grade at the same school and has crashed on friends’ couches or shared a bedroom to make ends meet, all while struggling to repay a mountain of student loan debt. Laura Rocha, who...
Clementine explains how a sundial works. Photos by Andra Cernavskis

The Kids in the Old Mayonnaise Production Plant

Start-ups in San Francisco don’t all look the same. While many think of pink mustaches or small machines that make paying with a card easy, there is also the kind of start-up that makes it possible for an 8-year-old to explain the process of how a sundial works or examine the language of a children’s book about dragons. “I noticed...
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Well-Performing Schools Lag in Technology

While students at Marshall Elementary and George Moscone Elementary schools have scored well in state standardized tests, doing so has helped put them behind in acquiring technology. Better test scores meant they lost out on the $45 million, three-year federal School Improvement Grants that added computers, iPads and laptops at the Mission District’s struggling schools. But being tech deficient has...
Lucha Libre wrestling teams ramp up for an epic battle at the Marshall Elementary fundraiser on Oct. 6. Photo by Heather Mack.

Mexican Wrestlers Hit the Mats for Mission School

Marshall Elementary’s first fundraiser of the year was a loud and colorful one. A troupe of masked and spandex-wearing Mexican Lucha Libre wrestlers came to the school on Oct. 6 to show their stuff and help raise money needed for science programs, field trips and art classes. Through multiple fundraisers the PTA hopes to get $50,000 for this academic year.
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More Children From Mission Going to Private School

Along with generally higher enrollment and applicant numbers, private elementary and middle schools in the Mission District are also seeing a sharp increase in the number of neighborhood children who attend their schools. Historically students have come from all over the city and the Bay Area to attend the private schools in the Mission, and many still do. But there...