‘Court School’ students are virtually ignored in push for educational equity

Journalists in our Equity Reporting Project have examined a diverse range of issues that are shortchanging students of quality educational experiences, but one group stands out as particularly overlooked: students in so-called “court schools.” Describing them as a “captive audience,” a team from San Francisco-based New America Media reports that with few exceptions, local and national educational reform efforts have virtually failed to address the needs of youth attending schools within juvenile justice facilities.

Grooming young storytellers for the Imperial Valley

Ten high school students fled the Imperial Valley's desert heat to spend a week in the cooling fog at San Francisco State University for a crash course in storytelling and video production. They capped the experience with an emotional graduation ceremony that their families and friends—600 miles away—could watch live through the magic of the Internet.

Experts urge deep understanding of homelessness issues

By Jon Funabiki

Today’s homelessness crisis can be traced back to the 1970s when the federal government cut housing projects and welfare programs at the same time that jobs in manufacturing industries vanished, leaving people to “live or die on the streets” of cities like San Francisco.…