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|The Senior Dad San Francisco Briefing Room broadcasts stories about parenting and education as it relates to people in San Francisco. Parents from other parts of the country may find stories here that relate to their part of the country as well. As a parent you are your child's best hope, other parents are your best hope. We learn together.|
The San Francisco Unified School District Special Education department took the unusual step of advising the 2100 parents of students who receive special education extended school year services of their summer assignments by a backpack. Hundreds of jobs are now in limbo. Hear about the situation to date.
This was on the CAC facebbok page on May 8, 2013 the day after the Podcast was posted:
|On the first day of school some parents were told to visit their child’s classroom and observe they had to give the district 24 hours notice and a district employee must accompany them. Welcome to San Francisco Unified. Hear what happened and why San Francisco Unified may be guilty of discrimination|
|School started and Jennifer Block Martin still had not got a placement for her twins. Hear how it turned out|
|I first met Olivia Boudreaux-Harris outside of San Francisco Unified School District headquarters the first day of School as she tried to register her son in a San Francisco public school. I caught up with her a few weeks later at her son’s old school KIPP Bayview Academy San Francisco to hear her story.|
|KIPP Bayview Academy retains slower learners in their grade. San Francisco Unified does not and socially promotes. Omar Khalif doesn’t hold back as he shares how he sees it.|
|As the school year progresses the San Francisco Unified School District School Assignment crisis deepens. Josie Owens updates us about some of the families that she has been advocating for to get a school assignment for their child that was workable.|
|It was the first day of school for most children of the San Francisco Unified School District however not the children of the hundreds of parents that went to School District headquarters to try to get a school placement that was acceptable to them. First we hear parent advocate Josie Owens.|
|We have seen controversy surrounding the new school assignment system in the past few years while it was being crafted by the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. Now the new system has been approved by the Board of Education and elements of it had been in operation for two years. Michelle Jacques-Menegaz, the just retired, four-year member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) of the San Francisco Unified School District joins me to discuss her insider’s view of what went on while the school assignment system was being developed. She shares her insight on the parent conversations that were held around the city by the PAC and Parents for Public Schools, San Francisco (PPS-SF). We discuss the current situation and the ongoing efforts that need to be pursued by the School District and parents to build quality schools. We explore some of the levels of trust or mistrust of the School District that parents are currently experiencing around the assignment system. Michelle Jacques-Menegaz a view from the inside.|
|The San Francisco School Board will decide shortly if it is going to implement a feeder school-assignment system for middle schools. Parent pushback, primarily by parents whose children were enrolled in one of the districts language programs caused the middle school assignment-process to be delayed for a year. It is now time for the School Board to vote on what will happen next. There are many conflicting issues. Rachel Norton joins me to explain what is in the proposal from the School District and what is not. Straight answers from Commissioner Norton “because people have a right to know”.|
|On this show my daughter, Mariel joins me to share her experiences at the Richmond district neighborhood center art program last year. Starting October 19, 2010, Saturday, there will be a series of of art classes offered for children from 5 to 12 years old. The classes are at the Richmond district neighborhood center at 741 30th Ave. (between Balboa and Cabrillo). This year the center will focus on Latin crafts. Classes start at 10 AM and you can preregister at 415-751-6600. Space is limited. There is no charge for the classes however a $10 donation would be greatly appreciated.|
|I visited the Oakland open studios and here is my chats with two artists there Lara Hoke and Laura Malone. the show continues next week-end. total running time 9 minutes. the photo of me in the video was taken by lara Hoke, all the other stills were taken by me.|
|The San Francisco School District and the United educators of San Francisco have reached a tentative agreement to establish the conditions for the next school year. I give my view of the settlement and what is still on the table from this parents point of view|
|Is San Francisco’s participation in “Secure Communities” more draconian than the new Arizona immigrant law? Will Secure Communities threaten to turn over 40,000 San Francisco residents to immigration to be deported? Immigrant rights advocate Barbara Lopez joins me to tell me if it can happen and how it is intertwined with the politics of the Mayor’s race and the race for the top offices in the State. Barbara endorses Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor, sort of, and we discuss some of the potential candidates for Mayor. Barbara is never known for holding back and this is no exception. Barbara Lopez—will the dark ages return?|
|There have been extensive discussions lately that the seniority system keeps schools from removing unsuitable teachers. I asked Tom Ruiz, Senior Executive Director, Labor Relations and lead negotiator of the San Francisco Unified School District about this and other issues effecting schools. We discuss the current state of negotiations with the United Educators of San Francisco and confront this as well as prospects of a strike. Tom gives us a tiny peak at who won’t be coming back in the fall. Will this be settled peacefully or will the relationship between OUR responsible school district and OUR dedicated teachers lay crumbled and shattered? Hear Tom Ruiz to help you decide what lies ahead. Then this parent shares what he sees and what he’s not hearing.
|There have been extensive discussions lately that the seniority system keeps schools from removing unsuitable teachers. I asked Dennis Kelly, President of the United Educators of San Francisco, about this and other issues effecting schools. We discuss the current state of negotiations with the San Francisco Unified School District and confront this as well as prospects of a strike. Money, management purgatives, and teaching conditions are debated. Will this be settled peacefully or will the relationship between OUR responsible school district and OUR dedicated teachers lay crumbled and shattered? Hear Dennis Kelly to help you decide what lies ahead.|
|District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd shares some recent events|
|I attended a meeting where the Director of Community Outreach of the United States Department of Education Alberto Retana told us about title I school improvement grant funds. Watch an excerpt from his opening remarks and an analysis on which schools are effected and how parents can help guide this $24 million @ year gift.
|With the San Francisco Unified School District facing a $130 million shortfall, parents are concerned that class sizes will soar and teachers will be fired. To the south of us, in Los Angeles their school district is facing a billion-dollar deficit. Can we look to LA as a model of what can happen in San Francisco? Returning from recently testifying before Congress, Bill Ring from TransParent® joins me to share what he has seen of the negotiations surrounding the new education bills in Sacramento that should qualify California for the “Race to the top” lottery. Teacher layoffs, school privatization, and school closures are the residue of systems that struggle to balance budgets while ignoring the educational needs of their children.|
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