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News, The Snitch San Francisco Schools Could Lose About $2 Million From "Rain Day" (Update)

San Francisco Schools Could Lose About $2 Million From "Rain Day" (Update)

Update below. Kids might have rejoiced over yesterday's school closure in San Francisco — even as their parents scrambled to find child care — but the district itself took a huge financial wallop.  Per KQED education reporter Ana Tintocalis, closing schools…
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News, Not According to Plan: Special-Needs Students Falling Through the Cracks Force Absurdly Expensive Solutions

Not According to Plan: Special-Needs Students Falling Through the Cracks Force Absurdly Expensive Solutions

Donna McAllister arrived early to pick up her 10-year-old son, Lio, from elementary school just in time to see him bolt from his classroom and run down the hall crying. She followed and found Lio pressed against the elevator frame,…
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News, The Snitch Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, S.F. Teacher Accused of Abusing Students, Booted Out of Classroom

Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, S.F. Teacher Accused of Abusing Students, Booted Out of Classroom

Earlier this month, we introduced you to Deborah Fergin-Mavaega, the Bayview teacher who was being sued for reportedly smacking around her students and stealing their Twinkies. After that drama, San Francisco Unified School District put her on administrative leave and…
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News, Sucka Free City

Hard Knocks: A Bayview Teacher Faces More Abuse Allegations

At first, Francelle White didn't believe her daughter when the 5-year-old complained that her teacher was being "mean," yelling at her and stealing her Twinkies. Then one day, according to White, the little girl came home from Bret Harte Elementary…
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News, Sucka Free City School Lunches: Study Recommends a Joint S.F.-Oakland Kitchen

School Lunches: Study Recommends a Joint S.F.-Oakland Kitchen

San Francisco public school students haven't eaten fresh-cooked cafeteria food since the Reagan era. In fact, many schools no longer have kitchens; some have no more than a closet-sized room where prepackaged meals are reheated. Sure, there are salad bars…
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News, The Snitch Frances Ann Doherty, City Contractor, Accused of Stiffing Employees Out of  Wages

Frances Ann Doherty, City Contractor, Accused of Stiffing Employees Out of Wages

A San Mateo County woman has been charged with 57 felony counts of cheating her employees of more than $600,000 in wages while working on projects for both the city and school district in San Francisco. According to District Attorney…
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News, The Snitch Frederick Dozier, Mission District Rape Suspect, Worked for S.F. Schools

Frederick Dozier, Mission District Rape Suspect, Worked for S.F. Schools

As if this story couldn't get any more disturbing, San Francisco school officials confirmed that Frederick Dozier, the man suspected of three brutal rapes in the Mission District, worked for the San Francisco Unified School District, dating back to 2008.…
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List: What Fewer School Buses, More Kids on Muni Means

Because the San Francisco School District has severely reduced the number of school buses, many more children will now be going to and from school on Muni. What impact will this have? • Kids will first learn about sex from…
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News, The Snitch Terry Braye, "Creepy" Teacher Banished from School District, in Concert

Terry Braye, "Creepy" Teacher Banished from School District, in Concert

In this week's cover story, we write about the fascinating case of the banished San Francisco music teacher, Terry Braye, who built a guitar rock program at Visitacion Valley Middle School from scratch. Last May, he was ousted from his…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Dating: Violence Higher for LGBT Teens

S.F. Dating: Violence Higher for LGBT Teens

A new survey of San Francisco Unified School District teens says gay middle-school boys were more than four times as likely to report being assaulted by their intimate partners than straight boys were. Gay middle school girls, meanwhile, were three…
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News, The Snitch City Bails Out Schools While Taxpayers Boost School Board Salaries

City Bails Out Schools While Taxpayers Boost School Board Salaries

San Francisco city supervisors are thinking they might need to bail out the local school district --  again. Understandably so: Schools are in dire financial straits.But what's more difficult to understand is why taxpayers are being asked to increase salaries…
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News, The Snitch S.F. School Board Raises Move Ahead; Budget Cuts Loom

S.F. School Board Raises Move Ahead; Budget Cuts Loom

Nevermind the steep budget cuts facing our schools or that 500 teachers received pink slips -- San Francisco education officials want a hefty raise and it looks as though they might get one. After much debate over the last several…
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News, The Snitch School Board Wants Higher Pay, Budget Crisis Looms

School Board Wants Higher Pay, Budget Crisis Looms

San Francisco's education board wants to make more money for the job it does. And although it's not quite like UC executives who are demanding an increase in their budget-sucking pensions, it could come across as similarly unfair considering the…
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News, The Snitch Mexican Lucha Libre Wrestlers Fight - San Francisco High Schoolers Win

Mexican Lucha Libre Wrestlers Fight - San Francisco High Schoolers Win

Raising money for college scholarships in a recession begs creativity. Bake sales? Overdone. Car washes? Cliche. A man in furry underwear kicking the ass of a Border Patrol agent in the school gym? Now we're getting somewhere. John O'Connell High…
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News, The Snitch One-Third of Gay Middle Schoolers In S.F. Have Attempted Suicide, Study Claims

One-Third of Gay Middle Schoolers In S.F. Have Attempted Suicide, Study Claims

​The recent coverage of gay teen suicides has the country on high alert, with even President Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, speaking out against bullying. While many of the "It Gets Better" videos on YouTube feature people talking about…
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Calendar, Night&Day Once Upon a Time, in a Gallery Not So Far Away

Once Upon a Time, in a Gallery Not So Far Away

From Where the Wild Things Are to Stuart Little, the best children’s books are the ones that appeal to adults, too. Dark and slightly twisted, they reflect the troublesome, scary, but wonderful world that kids marvel at and grown-ups pretend…
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News, Sucka Free City

S.F. schools sometimes rely on kids to translate bad news to parents

According to the San Francisco Unified School District, thousands of conversations take place each day with parents who do not speak English at home. The district has eight translators on staff — four speak Cantonese, and four speak Spanish. You…
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News, The Snitch Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to ... Scientology?

Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to ... Scientology?

A San Francisco billboard warns of the woes of drug addiction — and L. Ron Hubbard has just the cure. By Joe Eskenazi Strolling past the intersection of Jackson and Columbus streets, I was frozen in my tracks by…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

District Champions Balboa on the ropes: The article "A Study in Size" gave an inaccurate picture of the situation regarding small schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. While small schools are a fine setting for some…
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News, Feature A Study in Size

A Study in Size

Travis Fenech struts down the hallway of the June Jordan School for Equity in the Excelsior, copping the self-assured swagger of a rapper. His pants hang several inches below his waist, and a black leather jacket blankets his upper body.…
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