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News, The Apologist

Extra Credit

Arlene Ackerman, who became superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District in 2000, announced last fall that she would be leaving her post at the end of this year because her strained relationship with several Board of Education members…
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News, Matt Smith

Stupid White Tricks

If you've ever wandered past a New Age healing seminar, a UFO convention, or a blocks-long line for a Steve Jobs speech, you understand how embarrassing it can sometimes be to identify as a Northern California, middle-class white person. Last…
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News, The Apologist

Number Crunch

Last week, after months of tear-filled public comment from teachers, parents, and students, the seven members of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education -- trying to close a $22 million budget gap by the end of June…
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News, The Ackerman Election

The Ackerman Election

On a Tuesday night two weeks ago, Arlene Ackerman, San Francisco's superintendent of schools, parked herself squarely in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped table, peered over her sunglasses, and launched into a lifeless recitation of a Pablo Neruda poem. Around…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

The Ackerman Agenda Another school of thought: I wonder if Jeremy Mullman did any research at all about public school funding before writing about Arlene Ackerman and the Weighted Student Formula ("Class Struggle," Jan. 10). If so, perhaps the article…
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News, Feature Class Struggle

Class Struggle

It is just past 6 p.m. on the first Monday of winter break, and the generally bustling central office of the San Francisco Unified School District is quiet. The slow moment is a rare one for an office that has…
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