Tuesday, March 10, 2009

S.F. Schools Glad It's Raining!

San Francisco public schools will get more rainy day funds. Read about it in the Chronicle:
With 362 pink slips for San Francisco teachers in the mail, Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed today to give schools $23 million from the city's Rainy Day fund, doubling the amount he previously promised.

The district sent the layoff notices Monday by certified mail. School officials said the money would help save nearly 300 jobs, if not more.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to also support the allocation.

Once the district gets that in writing, it can rescind most if not all those pink slips, said school Superintendent Carlos Garcia. "We're really concerned about the impact it has on morale."
To read the full story, click here.

13 comments:

  1. Hair Gel is making this sad state of affairs all about him...what a dou**e.

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  2. Agreed, but surely not a surprise. Will anyone actually be fooled into thinking it was his magnanimity and not parent pressure and the advice of counsel that got them to release the funds? Please tell me no.

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  3. Maybe its the fact that he's expecting a little one himself and realizing the importance of education?? nahhh...

    More likely, hmm, would this look good for the Governor's office??

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  4. Okay, but what about the NEXT school year?

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  5. Yeah for parent pressure, however, this sentence at the end of the story is concerning. I'd love more detail around this:

    "The mayor, however, said the district might only qualify for 25 percent of what's left after the city takes its share - leaving only $11.5 million for the schools."

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  6. The $11.5M was the original (and incorrect) interpretation of the funding.

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  7. What about the other news of the day: that the kindergarten size will increase next year to 22. Good news if you want a better chance at a place in some schools, bad news for the overall manageability of kindergarten classes.

    And what about the impacted soon-to-be first grades?

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  8. Is the increased class size for K confirmed?

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  9. Jill Tucker reported on it in the Chron this morning.

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  10. Doesn't state law require class sizes be smaller than 22?

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  11. No, that is not a state requirement. There have been financial incentives to keep average class size close to 20. Now the financial math is not working in favor of that, given state funding cuts and how much it costs across the board to fund the extra teachers necessary to keep class sizes that small. Add to that the space issues in keeping the K-2s on the first floor, and this is the result.

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  12. I teach Kindergarten and I think 22 + the current standards are manageable (in a full-day program, which SFUSD has). However, like a previous commenter on this topic noted, I really hope that SFUSD has every K room fully equipped for 22 on the first day of school.

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