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John Templeton’s been leading land tours of SF’s black history for years. Now, he’s launched a Bay tour, to share those hidden stories from the water. He hopes to defy stereotypes and give black youth, in particular, a sense of pride and belonging.

This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

Diane Ravitch Discusses The Stark Inequities Around School Closures

Mar 11, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we'll speak with education expert and advocate Diane Ravitch about how schools and colleges are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

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City College of San Francisco recently eliminated more than 300 class offerings -- without consulting academic chairs, students or city leaders. Those protesting the cuts say the very identity of the institution is at stake. Sound familiar? It is.

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Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget in early January. It’s his second since he took office and, just like the first one, it focuses on education. 

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This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

San Francisco Unified’s graduation rate for African American students jumps to nearly 90 percent — well above the state average.

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Federal law guarantees public school students experiencing homelessness a host of rights, to bring them educational stability. But a recent state audit found poor compliance and oversight across California.

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From Greta Thunberg to Youth vs. Apocalypse, young people around the world are fighting climate change. But in Berkeley, where students have been pushing environmental goals for decades, logistical realities are making sustainable solutions difficult.

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This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

It’s been 40 years since a landmark legal ruling led to a statewide ban on the IQ testing of black students for purposes of placement in special ed. Now, the lead plaintiff in that case, known as “Larry P,” is getting a second chance at an education.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about teachers’ strikes sweeping the country with public education advocate Diane Ravitch.

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This is part of an ongoing series “Learning While Black: The Fight For Equity In San Francisco Schools.”

The Big Lift, an original KALW documentary, follows Carver Elementary School’s family liaison over the course of a year as she works to support struggling parents and guardians — so their kids can thrive in the classroom.

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A big data project led by Stanford University's Sean Reardon aims to crack the code on our nation’s stubborn student achievement gaps by mapping race, ethnicity, poverty and academic test scores.

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  An alumni group has sued to challenge the San Francisco school board’s decision to cover a controversial mural displayed in a public high school that some criticized as racist.

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The State Attorney General recently came to Marin County to announce the first settlement to desegregate a California school in five decades. Meanwhile, 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation is on the rise nationwide.

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From the series It Takes A School:

Life experience prepared Jean Osbay-Bell her for a second career as a counselor at Phillip and Sala Burton High School. Bell spent twenty-five years as a flight attendant while also working in the San Francisco Unified School District.

From the series It Takes A School:

For over thirty years, history teacher Robert Roth worked throughout the San Francisco Unified School District. The native of Queens, New York began his career in teaching after years of activism, which included being part of the radical student group the Weather Underground.  

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From the series It Takes A School:

Longtime Hunters Point resident Jeanine Kennard is better known by her students as Miss Princess. She’s been working at Bret Harte Elementary School for twenty-five years, starting when her own children were students there. 

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In the first installment of  our new series "It Takes a School," meet Zack Rollins of Buena Vista Horace Mann. For more than thirty years, the longtime security guard has greeted students every morning.

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In classrooms nationwide, students are learning to pay attention to the present moment. Focus on their breathing. Notice if they’re bored. And consider what that feels like in the body. One San Francisco volunteer walks kids through mindfulness practice. 

Philosophy Talk: Philosophy Behind Bars

Aug 20, 2019

What is it like to teach philosophy in prison. What is it like to study philosophy while serving time?

  On the Aug 15, 2019 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, my wife, Dr. Barbara Nemko, the Napa County Superintendent of Schools and I debate how to reinvent education--no reforms here, reinvention, both K-12 and higher education, with some focus on the career-related issues.

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This is part of an ongoing series “Learning while black: The fight for equity in San Francisco schools.”

San Francisco Unified Superintendent takes our reporter on a tour of his hometown — to explain why he’s so passionate about boosting the academic success of black students here.

Oakland Tech Centers Give Locals A Shot At Jobs In The Industry

Jul 29, 2019
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Jobs in tech are growing in Oakland, but will Oakland residents be able to compete for these jobs in their own backyards, particularly in East Oakland, where the unemployment rate is about 8%?

City Visions: The rising cost of childcare

Jul 29, 2019

  July 29, 2019: No where in the country is childcare more expensive than in San Francisco. This comes as no surprise to parents who can spend nearly $2,000 a month per child for full-time care, if of course there is a spot for the child, which oftentimes there is not. How are families coping with the rising cost of childcare in a region that is already so expensive? What resources are available for families in need?

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond took office early this year and quickly announced a top goal: closing the achievement gap for students of color. Hear him speak about his vision and why he thinks he can succeed where others have failed.

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A group of teens with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco realized their mental health needs were being overlooked at school. So they did some research  -- and wound up changing school district policy.

Philosophy Talk: The Value of a College Education

Jun 18, 2019
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Is college really for everyone? Is there really a college for everyone?

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar, June 11, 2019

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar, June 11, 2019

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Hari Srinivasan is autistic and cannot speak. He understands everything. Until he turned 12, no one knew that but him. Then, typing gave him a voice.

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In part one of this two-part series, we heard a the history of how sex education has evolved in California. Now, we’re looking to the future, and, of course, it involves tech. Adults who missed out on quality sexual education are turning to apps to help explore and learn about sex. A few Bay Area women are the brains behind these sexual wellness startups.