I received a thoughtful letter from a SFUSD parent. I asked him if I could run the letter on the SF K Files because I think he brings up some interesting issues about the recent San Francisco magazine article on public schools and I think his thoughts will spark some discussions.
I think your blog has helped, enlighten and informed many parents. I would have liked to read someone else's trials and tribulations when my daughter was entering kindergarten. Your top schools list is heavily weighted towards schools that have a lot of parental support or are under a special program due to their previous poor scores. I feel you have over looked many other schools.
I give you one prime example in Ulloa elementary. Ulloa is very close to Sunset elementary. Both schools draw from the sunset area.
Ulloa earned an 10-10 API score! Over the last 6 years Ulloa has steadily raised it's scores to the level of consistently reaching the upper 800's even over 900.
This was done through hard work by the teachers and support staff. The PTA has always been actively involved with helping the school. But, not focused on trying to make money for the school. Because of this, it is the staff that deserves the credit for turning around the school. As it should be. When reading your article it seems to imply that the parents are responsible for theses schools turn around and not the teachers.
What makes Ulloa such a great school? Well if you had done better research, you would have the facts.
If any parent wants to see a great elementary school doing the best they can with so little, then visit Ulloa.