Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chronicle articles: Living Together, Learning Together

The Chronicle has a big series on racial integration and racial isolation in San Francisco public schools. The articles are all online here at:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/schools-desegregation-snapshots/

There are a number of articles: One, titled "Can Separate Ever Be Equal?" focuses on two racially isolated schools: Jean Parker (mostly Asian) and Charles Drew (mostly African-American); there's also an article about one of the district's most diverse schools (Lakeshore).  Another article compares Cleveland Elementary (a racially isolated school, mostly Latino working-class students) and Clarendon Elementary (33% Asian, 31% White, 11% Latino and 6% African-American students, which roughly mirrors the ethnic demographics of the city). An article titled "Turning Around a Struggling School" focuses on Peabody Elementary in the Richmond, which went from underenrolled ten years ago to a highly sought after school today (50% White, 50% mix of other ethnicities). And another piece looks at efforts other cities have made towards desegregation.

There's also a graphic showing every elementary school's racial/ethnic mix:
http://goo.gl/xbNBBf

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Links: Parents for Public Schools, Support for Families, and a news article about iPads for SFUSD Families

We noticed a few comments from families that are confused by the SFUSD lottery process, including some folks who may have just moved to the area. It's not easy coming into this system at this stage! We definitely feel for you. A few reminders:

You are probably already familiar with the Enrollment Placement Center (EPC). If you go down there and ask to speak to a counselor, they can explain the whole process to you.
http://www.sfusd.edu/en/enroll-in-sfusd-schools/getting-started.html

If you haven't already gotten to know Parents for Public Schools, please do check them out (their website is http://www.ppssf.org/). They can be a wonderful resource for families. They seem especially helpful with regards to the assignment system, but we've heard they can be helpful with other issues as well. Call or send them an email -- in our experience, they are very responsive.

Another great resource if you have children with disabilities is Support for Families http://www.supportforfamilies.org/
They should be able to answer questions about medical appeals and IEPS.

Finally, we noticed an interesting article in the Chronicle about a new digital technology pilot program in SFUSD:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/S-F-schools-iPad-handout-pivots-from-L-A-s-6256788.php?t=bac62aacb9d787db7a&cmpid=twitter-premium

Best of luck to everyone out there...

Monday, May 11, 2015

SFUSD Round 2 Results?

Have parents out there received Round 2 results? If you got a letter in the mail and want to share the outcome or ask a question, please respond in the comments.