Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation boosting California’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour — a 50 percent increase that made the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation. The hike will be phased in over six Read More »
The original concept of charter schools emerged nationally more than two decades ago and was intended to support community efforts to open up education. Albert Shanker, then president of the American Federation of Teachers union, lauded the charter idea in Read More »
In his speech to Congress, Pope Francis praised Dorothy Day — along with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Merton — as one of four “representatives of the American people” whom he admired.
Pope Francis was probably the Read More »
Last week, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released striking data about the rapid turnover of charter schools. CMD’s state-by-state list of closed charters shows that, since 2000, these schools have failed at a much higher rate than traditional Read More »
When you start a new job, you expect to fill out a pile of paperwork relating to your employment. What you don’t expect is for your boss to slip in a document that effectively nullifies your rights as a worker Read More »
In the last couple of weeks, two stories floated into my periphery that, when taken together, begin to paint a solidly depressing picture of where we’re headed as a country. They deal with our public schools (or, perhaps, what is Read More »
We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers’ unions and the teaching profession. Let’s be clear: these attacks and the power amassed behind them are unprecedented in American history. Read More »
Posted June 26, 2014 by Matt Haney and Supervisor Eric Mar
Remember those traditional white school water fountains, often a bit dirty or unappealing, and never dispensing quite enough cold water to fully quench your thirst?
Well, in the majority of schools in San Francisco, those are still the norm.
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