Sunday, June 23, 2013

This blog

I am not the moderator or owner. I am simply a parent who comes to this site to learn about school options in SF from other parents.

The original owner shut this blog down because it was overtaken by a few people ranting and promoting their own agendas. The new owner felt this site had so much useful information to offer so she decided to keep it running. I just logged back on for the first time in a while and I see, once again, its turning into a podium for individual agendas.

Its great that you have your agendas and you are so passionate about them but PLEASE, please take them elsewhere. We are simply a group of parents trying to share information about SF school with other parents.

For the majority of you that come to this site and use it as it is intended, thank you.



64 comments:

  1. Is there any possibility of publishing site guidelines? I think there has been a lot of frustration and what's seen as capricious and/or biased deletion of comments. Maybe we should all be required to register and be accountable for what we say. Anonymity can bring out the worst in people.

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  2. We are all full-time parents who work full-time as well - but yes, we agree, changes are needed.

    As far as requiring people to register, certainly an idea but people can have multiple 'names'.

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    1. Unfortunately, even real-name requirements don't do a terribly good job of cleaning up trolling: http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/29/surprisingly-good-evidence-that-real-name-policies-fail-to-improve-comments/

      Have you considered freezing threads? Once a post turns into a wasteland, freeze comments?

      I don't believe a clearly stated policy will help, it will only lead to a gazillion comments about how it's being unevenly applied, how a deleted comment was not actually in conflict, etcetera. But this opinion is not based on science.

      May the force be with you :)

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  3. The original SF K files became much more than a kindergarten search site. There was a broad range of ed issues discussed there. The new site wants to go back to the original intent to be a K and perhaps middle and high school info site. Everyone, including me, should respect that and allow the interested parties to get on with their school searches without having to wade through unrelated topics.

    I know that this is the case of the pot calling the kettle black as I'm one of those who also posted on the "unrelated topics". I would like to point out that I wasn't the only one, but the only one doing so in name; So I get singled out - just a point of note.

    I see the new blog is steadfastly intent on remaining solely a school search info site. I respect that and I ask that others do so, too. I will add that I hoped it would be more broadly-based , but it isn't my blog. It seems there is more interest in how to get an appropriate kindergarten placement than there is in the policy issues as illustrated by the lack of interest in Rachel Norton's blog which does raise those issues. I have no idea whether her moderation policy is to blame for the paucity of commentary or whether it is the lack of interest in education policy from the community.

    Anyway, from here on out I fully intend to respect what you set out to be - a kindergarten placement blog. And there's nothing wrong with that considering how difficult it can be!

    I hope others will, too.

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  4. Why not have one side pure research and the other political issues? That's how it was before. One side allowed commentary on issues and you could even post your own issue, forum I believe. The other was informational. I agree with rules on limits and comments, I just think the application sometimes is not based on any specific fule and is capriciously applied.

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  5. To get back to an important point where the last thread left off - SF GEEKMOM had said in the last paragraph of her original post that there was a 14 day count this year. Is that correct? For years it was a ten day count, then a couple years ago it was changed to a three day count before you lost your assigned seat at a school if you didn't show up. If it is indeed a 14 day count that is a major development for those strategizing on how to get into a school. I'm doubtful that is correct info, but I don't research that stuff. Does anyone know for sure? I suppose it would be easy enough to call EPC.

    BTW, I don't believe this is an off-topic comment under the circumstances.

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    1. Well, the SFUSD website says the 5th round is from August 26-September 6 and that the wait pools are dissolved as of September 6. So that's a long stretch of time that one could till be waiting out the process. With school starting August 19, there's an entire week before they start Round 5, followed by 2 weeks of reshuffling.

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    2. The "14 day count", as SFgeekmom put it, is confusing the 3 day count with the time when the wait pools are dissolved. The 3 day count to stay enrolled is still in place. This was a matter of a poor choice of words.

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  6. No, 10:29. Those who run this one have a right to delete any comments they perceive as outside whatever parameters they choose. They may choose to delete comments based on clearly articulated standards, or may do so based on a vague sense of discomfort. They may even choose to delete them randomly, if that's what floats their boat. It's their blog, their choice. Those who miss the repartee, or who are annoyed at having their comments repeatedly deleted, are under no obligation to continue visiting.

    Shorter? Start your own blog.

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  7. That's not very nice, 10:45. It goes without saying the owners can do what they wish and if people don't like it they can take a hike. But what does that do to raise respect and reputation of the blog and its owners? Any good blog ought to be judicious in its commentary policy. To alienate the readers with an attitude like the one you espouse, I maintain it won't be long before they have less and less readership. But, yes, technically you are correct.

    Now I've commented enough for one day.

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  8. Obviously, it's not my blog and whoever is the owner can do as they wish, my suggestion (9:32) was just that, a suggestion, that I think might foster better behavior since that seems to be a goal.

    And I don't agree with formerly optimistic. Not allowing anonymous comments won't solve the problem but it does create some perception of accountability. you'd be hard pressed to find any big, successful website that allows every single comment to be posted as "anonymous". The link that you posted was about requiring real names and that's not what I'm suggesting. I'm suggesting that everyone has to register some name with an associated email address. You can still be anonymous but you can't be "anonymous".

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  9. All great ideas. thank you. As I mentioned, we are working toward change.

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  10. When threads on the old SFKFiles became unruly, the moderator temporarily required registration. It had the intended effect.

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  11. I will definitely support what ever the owner decides for this site. If registered username is required, then so be it. I will respect your wishes because I really do appreciate this blog.

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  12. I think it's fair to say a rule could be, don't call people racist. That word has gotten enough play here already. A second possible one would be to not slam all people not on the very far left. A range of opinions and political views makes for a healthy democracy. As a democrat, but probably one not as far left as some, I wince every time I see a comment that implies that a true San Franciscan is only one who is very, very liberal. Sure, most here are, but that doesn't mean the majority gets to throw out and slam those who think otherwise. Worse, the comments usually are heavier handed than that, implying some kind of moral failure.

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  13. I think Michelle's comment from 4/14/2012 accurately reflects the feelings of many readers. From May Placement Period aka Round 2, posted 4/5/2012.
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You're even entitled to express them here. I just think it's an unfair use of this blog, which used to be a source of lots of *different* opinions and information from many different people about SF Public Schools. Yours are not the only voices that count, and a quick review of the posts from the last year show that intentionally or not, the repeated posts of the same information and opinions over and over and over ad nauseum have served to silence the rest of the people who might have something to say. You can argue that it's their choice (which it is) but we're a community, and if what you (or I!) do silences others, that's something to examine.

    I suspect that these repetitive posts are one of the reasons that the K-Files have veered toward a narrower focus on school selection. People have become reluctant to bring up issues like academic achievement of disenfranchised populations, diversity, and turning around vs gentrifying a school/neighborhood, for fear of "feeding the troll."

    Regarding deletion of comments, Scalini is getting deleted, and yes, he does appear to be putting out fake anonymous posts pretending to be someone else. Replies to his remarks also get deleted. Other than that, I don't think any non-anonymous comments except for the occasional Don Krause comment is getting deleted.

    To see this for yourself, you can subscribe to the comments feed in the right hand bar. Set your feed to update frequently, every 30 minutes or so, and you'll catch almost all the comments before they're deleted.

    A last plug for putting a name to your comments even though it's not required yet...you can do this via google, and it doesn't have to match your gmail address. You're statistically less likely to have your comments deleted, and you'll be able to remove your own comments.

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  14. "Jeff Scalini and Don Krause are hateful idiots. Just ban them..."

    Is this an appropriate post? It remained on the blog. I don't mind being criticized in the least, but I do expect that people support their positions, especially if they're going to use such extreme language. People with strong opinions sometimes tend to overstate their cases and so it goes with Scalini and, apparently, the poster quoted above. I've certainly overstated my case before. Scalini does it ad nauseum. It seems to be something beyond simple passion for a cause.

    Moving on... I don't think it is accurate to say the commentary by Scalini is responsible for the smaller focus of the new SF K files. The bloggers/moderators/owners clearly have a more specific and expressed focus on school assignment. This was originally the case with the old SF K Files, but it started to broaden out over time because education in general is obviously a hot topic, above and beyond school assignment. I think the original owners saw the need for such a blog and they let it evolve. They even put up a separate forum to allow widespread unfettered discussion. They did very little if any deletion of comments, but occasionally deleted a whole thread when it got too extreme. I don't think they wanted to micromanage on a post by post basis. IMHO. I believe the real cause of the shut down was pressure from SFUSD. SF K files had become, among other things, a sounding board for disgruntled parents. It exposed a lot of goings on with policy and leadership. Yes, it was acrimonious at times, but the readership was high and there was an opportunity for everyone to speak out. Comments weren't deleted because the moderator disagreed. It was an open debate.

    If you're only focused on delivering school assignment strategy and information, that's fine. But if you want to have the larger issues discussed, as was alluded earlier, why haven't you blogged on topics to that effect?

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  15. I understand why inflammatory comments are deleted, but I don't agree with the way constructive comments are stricken.

    This blog is popular because the educational system in San Francisco is a mess. There are loopholes everywhere in public and private schools for the children of wealthy, connected parents. Admissions directors are looking up parents' addresses and CVs, then saying in decision letters that their decisions are based on merit. Decisions are being made over the phone with no transparency. There is a stated tuition and then an off-the-record tuition.

    It's not an overstatement to say that these topics strike at the heart of many important issues. When the K Files deletes comments that ask for more transparency, it in a sense hands more power to the people who are allowed to perpetuate an unfair system that largely benefits highly privileged children. The ramifications for many families are enormous and long-term.

    If the people running the K Files are not courageous enough to allow this blog to be an honest discussion, then I wish they would find someone who is and could start a new blog or forum and direct readers there.

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  16. It all depends on what the blog owner wants. Don's correct about the old blog and how it evolved over time. I followed K files soon after Kate started it. I find it more interesting with multiple and varied discussions going on at any one time. You have to have a large readership to accomplish that. With everyone anonymous, it's hard to say, but I'm guessing only a few dozen people at most take any active interest, not including any of those who might read but not comment.

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  17. 11:02, while I agree in principle with what you're saying, I think it is unfair to say the owner should exit and create a new blog. Whether you or I like the new direction, it IS their blog. While I don't agree with the take it or leave it sentiment, in practical terms I agree with what others have said: if we don't like it we should start our own blog. But it would be so much better if the current owners would take a different tact and not expect the blog to be a reflection of themselves. If they would allow open topics and open discussion they would have a more stimulating experience for everyone, restricting only the comments that are uncivil and generally destructive. But that's me and these owners are different as to what they want.

    What it comes down to is this: we need a new blog for education in SF. That way the people who run this blog can do it in the way they wish and we won't be trying to get blood from a stone. Some people are not interested in general education and social policy topics. Parents in particular get narrowly focused on their own kids and their needs and understandably so.

    But as to why constructive comments get deleted on a regular basis, unless I learn otherwise I have to conclude that the comments were in some way unacceptable to the moderators, even though they don't seem to responsibility for deleting them. When people take the time to post, and they do so responsibly, only to find their posts deleted - it doesn't exactly raise the credibility the site.

    There seem to be two trains of thought on this; The ones that say it's my blog and I'll do as I wish and the others who feel that the owners have a civic responsibility to be open-minded. Given the liberal nature of SF I would hope that the civic-minded approach would win out. I guess there's also a third group of sorts who pay lip service to the latter, but do the former.

    Either way, the time is ripe for a new more broad-based education blog.

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  18. This whole debate reminds me of the show 'Portlandia'. It can be just as annoying being pressured to live up to liberal ideals as it used to be to live up to conservative ones. Just let people live their lives. No one is perfect. We're all doing our best.

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  19. I think we are all here to try to get our kids a good education. All this talk about racial stereotypes and cultural/racial inequality in terms of educational opportunity is interesting and important. However, parents will put the education of their children above any interest they might have in constructing a more fair playing field. I don't think it is even productive to address these two issues in the same blog.

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  20. 11:02 here. I started reading the SF K Files when I was looking for a kindergarten. I found the most valuable information not in the tour descriptions (which often followed the talking points of the school), but in the unvarnished comments that followed.

    I think it is cynical to say that equality and larger social issues are irrelevant to the discussion. On the contrary, they — and candid feedback — are key to why the SF K Files is worth reading at all.

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  21. Case in point, They say they delete few comments, yet the last 3 or 4 comments, one of mine included was deleted just in the last hour and there's no mention of comment removed by blog administrator. Simply said, they are not being honest with us and it is plain as day to see. And I was trying to help. I asked if Don could give us Scalini's real name in the hope he would cease and desist.

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  22. So leave SF K files if you don't like it.

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  23. Love it or leave it. Is that right?

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  24. Apparently, it is not OK to disagree about why the old SF K files closed or you'll get deleted. These bloggers like a tabula rasa - wasting other people's canvases. Anyway, the old administrator didn't monitor that blog much. I believe it closed because it became too much of a political hot potato for SFUSD's power brokers.

    As for revealing Scalini's name, no way Jose, or should I say, Anonimo? That's a bizarre request since you are asking anonymously. What kind of person do you take me for? If Scalini wanted to reveal his identity he would.

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  25. It's not just the SFUSD that doesn't want the truth about San Francisco Public Schools to be known.

    Of course, this message will also be deleted, but for the few moments that the truth might get out there . . .

    Tech companies, including Google, which hosts this blog, also do not want the truth to be known about San Francisco and Bay Area public schools. The fact that getting access to reasonable schools is very difficult in th Bay Area makes it harder to hire talent here.

    So . . . that's another reason why the old blog, and many factual comments on this one, are deleted.

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  26. Many issues regarding SFUSD leaders came to the fore on the old blog, issues that are rarely if ever covered by the mainstream media which prefers to function as a PR arm of the District. I've spoken personally with many of these reporters. There's a general perception that public education should be cut slack as far as accountability.

    As for your contention that Google is involved in suppressing news, I don't get that at all. Are you trying to say that Google doesn't want prospective hires to know that our schools? I think that's pretty far-fetched.

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  27. I mean to say 'to know about our schools or to know know they are subpar'?

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  28. Don, why don't you start a blog that addresses education policies in SF. I'm not saying that to be snarky, I just think interested parents could benefit from such a blog as well as this one. Both sites can be friendly and promote each other. I know Rachel Norton has a blog but we need an outsider's perpective. Just a suggestion.

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    1. I take it from your suggestion that you are one of the primaries on this blog.

      I'm going to start that blog very soon. Of course, it may or may not get off the ground and either way it will take time since it will be new. I appreciate the situation of SF K files in that it doesn't want to be a platform for other issues. However, I think it is very clear that you cannot compartmentalize school assignment as hard as you might try.

      Regarding Rachel Norton's blog, she accepts very little criticism since she has the "it's my blog attitude". She's an elected representative and if she can't take a little criticism why have a blog - just to float her own boat?





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    2. I'm not the owner nor do I know who they are. I'm just a visitor to this blog who appreciates what you have to say. I may not agree with you all the time but I appreciate your unfiltered point of view regarding the BOE's policies.

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  29. Google, Twitter, biotech, Genentech, the incubators, pay on average about $100,000 per year. Even with two people earning this, that's not enough to pay for private school. As a result, these tech companies have trouble attracting and retaining talent in the Bay Area. So yes, theses companies have it in their best interest to suppress information about the high cost of K-12 education here.

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    1. Do you really think that these highly skilled, highly educated computer industry professionals don't know if this school district is any good? I mean, this really sounds like conspiracy theory stuff: the moms on SF k files are suppressing information on behalf of the human resource departments of Google, etc. I mean, exactly how does that work?

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    2. Don, I don't think that the K files moms are specifically suppressing information on behalf of industry.

      However, I do think that the SFUSD and city power brokers wield a lot of influence on what is allowable to be discussed regarding school access. There is a probably a sense among k files moderators that certain topics are too hot to handle.

      As to "Do you really think that these highly skilled, highly educated computer industry professionals . . ."

      No, in my experience, they don't understand. Why would they? (The information on school enrollment is misrepresented. They don't have better access than anyone else. They also have less time to play the system.)

      I've seen many (if not most) of them move out of the city when they don't succeed with the enrollment process. There's another round of movement as middle school approaches.

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    3. OK, but what is being misrepresented. Can You give examples of this? Do you think SFUSD is putting out wrong numbers, fiddling with the wait pools, making assignments outside the parameters of the Board's student assignment resolution?

      As for me, I have always wondered why SDUSD will not divulge it's placement algorithm. Everyone has to take it on face value that the placement they got was the one that was generated and one has to believe the system is doing what SFUSD says it's doing. There's a reason why we have observers to monitor elections. There should be an observation system to monitor placement processes given the high stakes.

      Please check out the blog I set up at BlogSpot- sfedblog.

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  30. ' if she can't take a little criticism why have a blog - just to float her own boat?'

    Yes, why not?

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    1. Why not? Because an elected official ought to be willing to answer questions about her decisionmaking. In fairness, there is an official venue for such questions and it isn't her blog. But why set up a blog as an elected official, if you're going to take the attitude that you don't need to answer questions unless you like the questions?

      I suspect that her small readership is a reflection of the sentiment I'm expressing here. She just uses t her blog to make herself look good and anything that is contrary to that goal is moderated out.

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  31. As suggested by others and in understanding of the wishes of SF K Files, I have set up a new blog at this address:

    http://donkramail.blogspot.com/

    The blog is entitled the SF K Files No. 2 - no, just kidding.

    It's entitled SF EdBlog. To get it up and going I have posted one topic regarding SFUSD's constant refrain as the best performing urban school district in California. LOL

    I am new at this and I haven't really had the chance to figure out how best to set it all up, but it is up and running and I hope you will get a chance to visit it.

    Scalini, you are welcome to post. Consider it a fresh start. If you revert back to name-calling and repetition, I will not consider you welcome.

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  32. Sorry to the person who had commented on the new blog I started earlier, but I had to delete that one and start over.

    The blog URL is http://sfedblog.blogspot.com

    The email address is SFEdBlog@gmail.com

    Actually, as it turned out I didn't need to make a new blog just to change the email address, but I didn't now that at the time. Live and learn.

    Once again, in deference to the wishes of the SF K Files, please do not post on their blog if you are not commenting on the topics at hand. If you have an interest in other topics than school assignment please visit SF EdBlog to comment or email me at sfedblog@gmail.com. if you wish to post your own topic.

    Thanks again and all the best to SF K FIles.

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  33. This blog is getting sooo boring. Can we get back to insider info on private and public schools for our children p-l-e-a-s-e????

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  34. I have followed this blog religiously for 5 years while I waited for my older son to be ready to apply for Kindergarten, and have filed away information, tour notes and insights. I'm excited to finally go through the process this Fall. I'd like to see this blog refocus on tour notes and school impressions. I especially find valuable notes from parents actually attending schools. Rather than just have parents post tour notes, can we go back to posts from actual parents at schools, such as the "why I love X school" posts Amy had a few years back? I'd especially be interested in notes from parents at non-trophy publics and more independent schools please.

    My wish list for intel from parents on public schools:
    McKinley
    Sanchez
    Flynn
    BV Horace Mann
    New Traditions

    My wish list for intel from parents at private schools:
    SF Day
    SF School
    Live Oak
    Presidio Hill
    Town

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  35. I only check in on this blog once every few months, but I would hate for it to disappear. I first discovered it five years ago when I was leading school tours at our elementary school and wanted to understand what prospective parents were most interested in. I love the specific information about schools on this blog. I love the discussions about educational philosophy.

    But if a few voices dominate, it really sucks the life out of a topic. Most of us just don't have that much new and relevant information to add to any discussion.

    I would urge those who love this blog the most, and who post daily, or and even multiple times per day, to restrain themselves for the greater good. Make it a rule that you'll only post 3 times on a particular thread. Maybe make an exception if 3 days have passed and you've managed not to comment. Then make one comment. Then sit on your hands until the next thread.

    When I wait I often find that someone else makes the same point I would have made, only with a slightly different nuance. It brings the discussion forward rather than getting into an endless loop.

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  36. I agree. Sometimes I post too much. Sometimes it's because I feel my point was not honestly considered or sidestepped, but sometimes I say the same thing. It's confusing with anonymous posts. You don't know if it's the same person or a different person.

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  37. Trying to refocus the discussion here. I am preparing for admissions season this Fall and wonder what I should be doing this summer in advance. We live in Clarendon AA, and have no other tiebreakers, so will also be applying to several independent schools. We are only interested in co-eds so our list of tours will be SF day, Live Oak, Alta Vista, MPS, Synergy, SF School, and SF Friends. We are skipping Presidio Hill since it is too far - we live in Diamond Heights. Any other great independent co-eds that I am missing to plan tours for?

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    1. You'll prob get flamed for focusing on private schools at all, but you should do what's right for your family and circumstances.

      Immersion: You didn't mention any of the immersion co-eds: CAIS, FAIS and Presidio Knolls. Are you interested in immersion options, if so include them? Also there is SF Waldorf, but it's quite specialized but you could take a look.

      Too few Spots: From your list, I think you may want to skip Synergy and SF School only because they have such few spots (one section, and a YK (Synergy) and/or preschool (SF School) that feeds into them, and applying is so time-intensive that you may want to skip those with less chance of getting in. Live Oak is historically hard to get into also because it has only one section, but does not have a preschool/TK so that's good.

      Best shots: Your most likely shots are Alta Vista and MPS (new schools) or Day or Friends (two sections of K each and no preschool).

      Final one you may have missed: Finally, you didn't mention Children Day (co-ed in the Mission/Castro) but it does have it's own preschool/TK so maybe too hard to get a spot in?

      Best of luck!

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    2. This is anon @ 10:03, thanks for the info! This is great and I'll look into the additional schools you mentioned. I think it is helpful advice to focus on the schools without a preschool or YK program. I should mention that my daughter is particularly interested in science and math, so I'm most excited to tour Alta Vista and San Francisco Day since they have academic reputations, but of course, am going to do my own diligence as well.

      I hope this blog can continue to be a strong resource for sharing information during this process.

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    3. A lot of good public schools around your area: West Portal, CIS DeAvila, Grattan.

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  38. Thanks for the helpful information and focusing the discussion again to the earlier posters. Our family is also interested in co-eds, rather than single sex. We like what we have heard about SFS but feel we missed the boat on not applying for preschool. I am looking forward to touring Live Oak, SFDS and SFFS (although I'm not sure how comfortable I am with references during school to Quaker testimonies and worship). So I am interested in seeing for myself. I also would welcome insights on the newer ones: MPS and AVS.

    Public seems more out of our hands given that we are not with any useful tie-breakers and it's a lottery system. I'll plan on reading this blog for information on strong ones, but seems like it's not mandatory to tour to get into these schools and feel I have a good understanding of good ones given I have been reading this blog off and on for a few years.

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    1. The topic of this post is the blog and its purpose.

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  39. Highest rated is one thing.Getting a good college education is another.

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  40. Since I'm thinking of my 5-year old, "'getting into college" isn't top of my list. I plan to research the best elementary early education and then leave the rest up to them. I'm more interested in fostering critical thinking, so worksheets and scores are not an immediate interest.

    Based on websites and curriculum analysis and information I've been collecting since the JCC K fair this past May, I"m most interested in SFDS. Can any actual parents or families who are there provide some information on their experiences? I've noticed the last tour notes are from many years back, and again, I'm particularly interested in actual parent experiences.

    Thank you.

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  41. Who is the new owner of this blog? Can someone shed some light on who has taken this thing over since Amy Graff gave it up?

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  42. If you are interested in education topics other than assignment issues, please check out SF EdBlog at:

    http://sfedblog.blogspot.com

    My latest post is entitled SFUSD: Monsters University

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  43. I have a 5-year old, so I'm not focused on "getting into college". In fact, I'm more interested in fostering critical thinking and self advocacy.

    Based on pre-reading, research, etc., I am most excited about SFDS. Can some actual parents who go there share their experiences. Is the school as great as it seems? It feels like this blog has some really old tour notes from many years back and no real insights from current families.

    Thank you.

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  44. Those who go to SFDS seem to love it and are big advocates. There was a threat this year with very big advocates of the school talking about it, and in some cases, defending it. Very hard to get in though, so make sure you pursue other options.

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    1. I am researching options for my daughter who is starting K. My neighbor is a current family at SF Day, her son is in 1st grade and she went through this process a few years back. I'll ask her to weigh in on her experience.

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  45. Moderators -- if you do a very simple word search for "Martin Luther's dream" or "Brown v. Topeka" or "Lowell," and cross-check for clumsy grammar and writing, you can find the multiple, repetitive, accusatory comments of ONE person who has ruined this blog once before, and simply delete them when they show up. And no, that person is not Don Krause; he's a better writer and much more often on-topic. I can't for the life of me figure out why you are willing to delete the comments of so many other people but will not take a stand against someone who drove away almost every reader last time around (including me, and I've mostly exited this time around too).

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    1. It's already happening. Scalini's comments are all getting deleted. Try searching for the phrases above in older posts to see.

      All replies to Scalini are getting deleted since they don't make sense without the original post. So do comments addressed to Scalini. This accounts for 90% of the deleted comments. Easy to see in the RSS comments feed if you set it to update frequently.

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    2. Thanks for the moderation and for the explanation!

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  46. At this point it only matters what you will do about future comments. By singling out Scalini if makes it look like you are not following a moderation policy but instead are censoring an individual/s. This isn't a moderation policy. It is banning. So just call it what it is.

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  47. Why would they waste their time combing through old comments looking for any by Scalini?

    Advice to moderators. Be moderate.

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