Sunday, April 13, 2014

African American Students, Suspensions, Expulsions, and Dropping Out

The suspension and expulsions of students from K - 12 schools is the singular most reliable predictor of student dropout rates.  And while African American students in the San Francisco Unified School District comprised approximately 10 percent of the population in 2012-13, they accounted for almost 50 percent of suspensions and expulsions. In addition, African American students were absent from school an average of 19 more days than other ethnic groups. Full story...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Demographic Shifts In America

The dramatic demographic transformation goes unnoticed by many.  Yet, the population in the United States is becoming majority non-white, and at the same time, older. And the majority of the older folks tend to be the white population.  This is creating the perfect storm for a collision of values that will impact politics, families, economics, etc.  And unlike other demographic shifts that have impacted the US over the last 500 years, this shift will have a more permanent consequence.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Parent Advisory Councils Engaging the Latino Parent Community

Ten years ago San Francisco Unified School District launched its Parent Advisory Council (PAC), an independent group of parents charged with representing the interests and concerns of the city’s varied communities to district officials. Today, PAC members are playing a central role in helping to devise SFUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out how the district will spend funds administered via California’s new school funding law. Full article...

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