Monday, June 16, 2008

SFGate forums

I promised myself that I wouldn't use The SF K Files to promote the work I'm doing for SFGate, but I can't resist this time. Currently, there are two forum topics on SFGate that are too perfect for K Files readers. I'd especially love for people to comment in the second forum. We have definitely addressed this topic many times in The K Files but SFGate gets thousands more readers and this is an opportunity to let a larger audience know about the school opportunities in SF.

1) Ideas for pain-free fund-raising Anyone got ideas for fun and easy ways to raise money for an elementary school?

2) Should we stay or should we go? A San Francisco family is torn between navigating the city's complicated school system or moving to the burbs for greener public school pastures.

15 comments:

  1. "If you're patient, you will get into an excellent public school "

    Excuse me, but how do you know that? Your child hasn't even started school yet, so how do you know it is "excellent"?

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  2. ...not to mention THIS YEAR is proving to be different from the previous years. the wait pools are getting bigger, and no one got a school in their second round, except for immersion waitlisters.

    how can you tell me that i'm going to get my waitpool school when their re 25 names on it?

    it's patronizing at this point to say "be patient. you'll love your school."

    Arrrgh. I've been to our assigned school 4 times. I don't love it. I don't even like it.

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  3. I think this all depends on your tolerance level for pain. Much like childbirth, you hear all types of horror stories and some people have any easy time of it, while some do not. The system is incredibly unfair and feels really random.

    There's no guarantees that you'll get a decent school here in the city, whereas if you move to an area with really great schools, you increase your chances. If you are willing to deal with the hassle, the lack of control over the process, the willingness to stick it out/fight to get into your choice school/bitchiness of other parents, etc, then by all means stay in SF and you MIGHT get a great school. Or, you might not.

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  4. Sorry Kate, I just get so irritated with the SF "Moms" name of your SFGate site, and then the process of registering in order to comment. It's just not as user-friendly as SFKFiles.

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  5. But there are pics of Kate with an ice cream cone on her head! Look on the bright side people!

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  6. I went looking for the (infamous? by one person?) ice cream photo, and instead I found all sorts of useful information! I'm sad I missed Happy Hollow. Alas. But yay! I have such good ideas for lunches for the kids now.

    So, just so you know, meanie pants commenter, every time you criticize the SF Gate Blog, I go there and like it more and more!

    That said, I completely agree that the name of the section - Bay Area Moms - is just outright wrong and offensive. But I assume that's not Amy/Kate's fault. Amy/Kate, maybe could you again mention how inappropriate the name is in this day, age and location?

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  7. A friendly link. Sign a letter to Obama re: education....

    http://www.avwebnet.com/EducationReformLetter.asp

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  8. oh you mean your precious annointed ObaMessiah doesn't actually have the slightest clue about education reform? shocker.

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  9. Did I imply that, anon? The letter is to show there is a united front, not to "inform" Obama on education policy. What are your ideas on education policy? Whatever Hillary said?

    You are a nasty one!

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  10. "oh you mean your precious annointed ObaMessiah doesn't actually have the slightest clue about education reform? shocker."

    So vote for McCain. And continue the current NCLB, overturn Roe V Wade, spiral us all in to disaster.

    Fool.

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  11. Where are the famous photos of Amy with Ice Cream on her head? Actually, I like the blog (despite the dumb name). I think being forced to register in order to comment does keep some of the riff raff out (myself included).

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  12. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/category?blogid=46&cat=1588

    (2nd story)

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  13. Thanks 10:36! Yeah, agree with previous poster, that photo is weird.

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  14. uhhhh, wasn't this post supposed to be about painless fundraiser ideas?

    at the beginning of the school year, our school (argonne) sent home a note asking parents to contribute what they could (from as little as $5 to as much as $1,000). it listed what the money would go to. nice and simple.

    and it seemed to me that the number fundraising events were not too obnoxious.

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  15. uhhhh, this thread was about Kate telling us to go to her blog on sfgate, and so people are expressing their opinions about the content of her sfgate blog.

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