PPS-SF Recommends: Roll Over Easy, Systemic Segregation, California Budget, and More

posted Jan 17, 2017, 3:56 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston
To Hear
The PPS-SF interim executive director, Annie Bauccio, spent last Thursday morning on local radio show Roll Over Easy. Annie debunked common myths and misconceptions about SF public schools, and answered listener questions. (Begin listening at the 32 minute mark for the PPS-SF segment.)

To Read
Betsy DeVos, a Michigan-based philanthropist and President-elect Trump’s pick for education secretary, will sit before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Monday evening to answer questions about her education record. The conundrum for senators questioning her, however, is that her only record is as a philanthropist. She was not the CEO of a major school system — as Arne Duncan, Obama’s first Education Secretary, was — or an administrator and state education department commissioner, like Duncan’s successor, John King. Right now, the only way to understand her views on major education issues is by looking at the entities she and the DeVos family as a whole give money to.

Governor Proposes Minimal Funding Increase for K-12 Schools Next Year
Citing recent revenue declines and uncertainty about the future, Gov. Jerry Brown has lowered funding for schools by $500 million in the current year and is proposing little more than a cost-of-living increase in the 2017-18 budget that he presented Tuesday. And in a press conference surprise that will likely frustrate school districts and the construction industry, Brown said that his administration would not issue any of the $7 billion bonds for K-12 school facilities that voters approved in November until the Legislature established better auditing procedures to document how the money will be spent.

To Hear
Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal. "There's never been a moment in the history of this country where black people who have been isolated from white people have gotten the same resources," Hannah-Jones says. "They often don't have the same level of instruction. They often don't have strong principals. They often don't have the same technology."

To Do
Gather resources and celebrate black families. Saturday, January 21, 9:30am-3pm, Willie Brown Academy.

A comprehensive gathering of arts education organizations in the Bay Area. Wednesday, January 25, 4pm-6pm, Asian Art Museum.