Friday, August 27, 2010

SFGate: San Francisco public schools a good choice

This from SFGate:
C.W. Nevius' columns about parents' distress over San Francisco schools rang a bell with me, and I was prompted to weigh in about my delight with the public schools my daughter has attended in San Francisco.

When my daughter was starting kindergarten, friends said: "You can't stay in San Francisco; you have to move!" I heard this often enough that I worried. Did my husband and I have to leave the city we loved?

Well, we did decide to stay, and we entered our daughter in our neighborhood school, Fairmount Elementary. "You can't send her there - she won't learn anything at a Spanish immersion school," friends protested. I worried anew.

45 comments:

  1. I'd like to hear a follow up to his story. Did that family get in anywhere?

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  2. Yes, they got into their waitpool school, CIS at DeAvila--got the call over the weekend. Nevius posted a follow-up note about it earlier this week.

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  3. well i'm glad they had a happy ending. we did too. got our call last thurs. i wish everyone else could have had a happy ending too.

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  4. Glad to hear it works for some people. I'm still waiting for any immersion K for our kid. Especially the one 2 doors away!!!!

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  5. Tell that to the parents who dropped out of SF public schools because they were sent to low performing schools far from home.

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  6. Don - we picked a low performing school close to home, in SF, non-immersion. guess we are suckers.

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  7. Dear sucker

    That's great. But my comment was about those that get sent far from home for schools they don't want - not those that chose a school close to home that they do want.

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  8. Don did you check out Glen beck and Palin at the Lincoln memorial? It was awesome.

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  9. It's always great to hear happy endings! I hear CIS DeAvila is a great school with a strong PTA. It's only entering its second year too! Can anyone from that school chime in on how we can make other schools like that? What's the secret formula?

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  10. Put an immersion program on the west side of the city. And you'll get active parents. That's the recipe.

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  11. CIS at DeAvila is on the northwest corner of Buena Vista Park, very central and accessible from a number of dog-and-stroller neighborhoods. The closest public schools to DeAvila are Grattan, John Muir, McKinley and New Traditions. Grattan is hopelessly over-subscribed for K, McKinley is pretty over-subscribed, John Muir has been, to put it tactlessly, a slum school unacceptable to the middle class, and for reasons I can't really articulate, New Traditions has not been able to get much traction with the middle class. There was a huge pent-up middle-class demand for a good public school in DeAvila's location, and immersion was and remains is the flavor du jour for the white middle class. The district announced the program, appointed an impressive, personable principal, and middle-class families ate it up. The PTA was organized and raising money before school even opened for its first year. And it's a Chinese-language program, so you get the historically high-performing white and Chinese demographics. It's a great school for sure and I intend no offense to the hard-working, engaged parents, but given the demographics, the school's success is not surprising.

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  12. August 27, 2010 6:58 PM - two people just posted that they got a call from CIS today (Monday 8/30) and let it go. There is a K spot at CIS right now. If that's your WP school you may be getting a call really soon. Good luck.

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  13. I think the reason New Traditions has only recently gotten any traction is that it was on the "school closure" list about 5 or 6 years ago. Once that happened, lots of families transferred elsewhere. It's a small campus, so will always be a small school, but it was really hit by getting on that list. It seems that the District or the BoE has realized what a negative effect that closure list had.

    Last year, the last "negative bubble" 5th grade graduated (with like 18 kids instead of 35), and the school is at capacity for the first time in a while. Now that it's becoming a neighborhood school, we'll see if it continues its upward trajectory. (I imagine it will.)

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  14. The drivel posted by Don Must Be Ignore. Pay no attention to him and his sockpuppets.

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  15. I will not be silenced! The Board of Ed are the ones that must be silenced. The only way their liberal ideas and policies can change is if the makeup of the board is changed, and that is why I'll be running for the board! My critics say that I'm all over the K files! That's right! I'll be all over education too! If you love your kids, vote for me!

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  16. You got my vote!

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  17. There was a blog named Kfile
    Whose anonymous posters revile
    The freedom of speech
    They feign to preach
    Now the blog is nothing but bile.

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  18. That is very funny, Don, but it is too late to run. Go ahead and pile on. I'm bulletproof.

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  19. huh? I think don maybe actually has some kind of serious problem..now it seems s if he is talking to himself in this forum. Kinda of like what happened to Kelly on the Real Housewives of NY.

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  20. There once was a blog named Kfile
    Which a blowhard named Don did defile
    Such self-serving hot air
    Did he overpost there
    Thinking readers would all say "Sieg Heil!"

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  21. 6:14-

    I think you're right. All he does all day is troll around the k-files. You have to wonder about the things that people say about him. I think he IS a stay at home dad (nothing wrong with that) with low self esteem, no friends, and keeps himself company with a few "Dons" everywhere he goes (yes, problem with that)!

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  22. Dear Donna, Queen of PrimeTime
    Your limerick was truly sublime
    But to talk education
    Requires more than vacation
    In bed watching New York's primetime.

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  23. I know Don personally and I disagree with your appraisal of him. It seems you are making up stuff just to concur with your own fantasies.

    He's got SFUSD from doing back flips trying to resolve all the problems he has unearthed at the central offices of this school district. And it seems he has the California Department of Education on his side! He's got that neighborhood schools measure going. There could be some method to his "madness" as you put it. Isn't that usually the case with witch hunters like yourselves?

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  24. CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT THE SAD LITTLE MAN?

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  25. In the city known to be nationless
    There was a Board of Educationless
    whose members lament
    to expose public comment
    for fear of need to confess

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  26. Kate, could you block his IP address, PLEASE?

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  27. This is the same rivalry as last school year between Moody and Don with a few more actors thrown in. As I recall neither has a good reputation on SF Schools yahoo group. On the other hand that forum is nuttier than this one. So who cares?

    People, if you don't want to read a blog post exercise your own sense of discretion and skip it. That is what sane people do.

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  28. The time has come
    The walrus said
    To speak of many things
    Of ships and sails and sealing wax
    And whether pigs have wings

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  29. 8:57 is another one of Don's sockpuppets!

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  30. The dynamic principle of fantasy
    is play,
    which belongs also to the child
    And appears to be inconsistent
    With the principle of serious work
    But without this playing with fantasy
    No creative work has ever
    come to birth,
    The debt we owe to the play
    of the imagination is incalculable.

    Carl Gustav Jung

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  31. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

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  32. I don't think any of these latest postings are actually from Don. If Don wants to be only Don, he should get an email address and post with a link to it. That way, we'll always know if it's really Don.

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  33. Who cares? Gthis blog is getting tedious.

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  34. 1:16 is absolutely right. Please repeat this identity theft resolution elsewhere on sf k files.

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  35. I don't want to post with a link to email where I'll end up getting hate mail from the angry humanist crowd. I see this as the price for free speech. I don't like having people post as me, but, personally, it doesn't bother me at all. I take it in stride.

    I would hope that some on this blog would see how anonymity devalues it. But, hey, it's the internet. If you really want the facts you search deeper.

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  36. Hey 8:57!

    I know Don personally too, and he's every bit the asshole that he comes across as! All Don does is complain about how bad everything is. I have a solution. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! But all Don does is quits! StudentsFirst is the latest example. No need to go into details, but there's another group that is not sad to see him go! Surprise Surprise! Now he calls the K-files him home! Good for him, bad for everyone else! To answer the question on everyone's mind - YES.Don IS an asshole. Surprised?

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  37. If you know me personally what are my children's names?

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  38. don, why would you want your kids names posted here? doesn't not seem like a rational response to whatever is bugging you.

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  39. Yeah, let's not bring the poor kids into it. I'm guessing they have enough problems as is.

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  40. I think these last attacks upon Don have shown the true colors of those that want to silence him. This is truly some of the most revolting behavior I have yet seen displayed here or anywhere on line. Don, word to you, keep on keeping on.

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  41. You claim to know me personally. Say something to prove it. What cars do I drive? Anything to show that you are not a liar.

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  42. Don, what's wrong with posting with a link to email (you can have more than one account) and then never reading any email that goes there?

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  43. I guess I could open a new gmail account for that purpose and not read it. If people are going to post vicious remarks on a public blog, I can only imagine what they will say privately. But I think it is a good idea. Thanks.

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  44. One more thing. A link to your email, even a no-reply-email, makes cyber attack just too easy. Assume everything has a virus and never open anything.

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  45. Don, please start posting with a link to an email account. I like reading what you have to say, but sometimes I wonder if people are posing as you just to make you look bad. Let's clear up any confusion once and for all. You don't have to read your hate mail! (Although I imagine you won't be able to resist.)

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