The assistant principal of San Mateo High School said Monday that students are still getting used to the no cell phone policy implemented in the beginning of the school year, but they've received positive feedback from teachers so far. Maria Medina reports. (9-16-2019)
Cell Phone Ban At San Mateo High School Receiving Positive FeedbackThe assistant principal of San Mateo High School said Monday that students are still getting used to the no cell phone policy implemented in the beginning of the school year, but they've received positive feedback from teachers so far. Maria Medina reports. (9-16-2019)
Oakland Unified School District Apologizes After Failing To Deliver Lunch To Over 150 StudentsThe Oakland Unified School District is apologizing after failing to deliver hot lunches to roughly 150 kindergartners, first graders and second graders at Oakland’s Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School. Christin Ayers reports. (9-16-2019)
East Bay Lawmaker Calls For Audit Of 'Oakland Promise' Scholarship ProgramOakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan is calling for an audit of a scholarship program launched by Mayor Libby Schaaf known as 'Oakland Promise.' Schaaf defends the program but Da Lin reports that critics want proof of where the money is going.
Parents Protest Planned Merger of Two Oakland SchoolsA day after the Oakland school board voted to merge high-performing Henry J. Kaiser Elementary school in the Oakland hills with Sankofa Academy, a struggling school in the North Oakland flatlands, parents of Kaiser students are vowing to fight. Christin Ayers reports. (9-12-19)
State Lawmakers Take on College Admissions ScandalAt least five universities in California have been caught up in the admissions scandal including UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCLA. Melissa Caen reports. (9-12-19)
New California Law Bans Student Suspensions In Grades 4-8Governor Newsom signed a law that bans school suspensions for California students in grades 4 through 8. Devin Fehely reports there is still a debate over whether it will work.
Drops App Helps You Learn A New Language On Your PhoneChief Customer Officer Drew Banks talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about Drops, a new app for all ages that turns your phone into a language instructor. To download it, go to LanguageDrops.com.
Thieves Steal Dozens Of Computers From Oakland Elementary SchoolSome East Bay elementary school children were devastated by what they saw when they returned to school after Labor Day weekend. As Don Ford tells us, burglars had ransacked their classrooms and made off with dozens of computers.
Chalk Art Helps Keep Art Instruction at Mount Diablo Unified SchoolsArt instruction is often one of the first things to go when school districts slash budgets, but one East Bay school district is finding a unique way to bring art to all of its elementary students. Sharon Chin reports. (8-30-19)
Oakland Parents Urge School Board To Reconsider Merging Two SchoolsParents in Oakland aren't happy about a proposal to merge two schools--one high-performing and one lower-performing. Christin Ayers reports. (8-28-2019)
Parents Speak Out Against Latest Wave Of Oakland School Closures, MergersParents in Oakland are upset about the latest wave of school closures and mergers that are impacting thousands of students. Andria Borba reports. (8-28-2019)
Teens Help Seniors Learn To Cook Using Eco-Friendly Slow-CookerTwo Marin County teens are helping senior community members preserve personal health, save resources and money during cooking. Allen Martin reports. (8/28/19)
California To Offer 2 Years Of Free Community CollegeGov. Gavin Newsom is raising awareness of a new program that is offering two years of free community college to tens of thousands of students. Anne Makovec reports. (8/27/19)
Student Who Turned Her Academic Career Around Now Helping Other Students In NeedA Bay Area scholar who overcame family strife and difficult days at school is now headed to college and is mentoring other students in need. Christin Ayers reports. (8/19/19)
Racist Graffiti Again Found at Diablo Valley College CampusCampus police are investigating yet another case of racist vandalism at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Christin Ayers reports. (8-23-19)
BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - HNHS students' talk about their dreamsMary Lee talks with students about their dreams and aspirations.
BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - STEM Students at HNHS Hold Robot DemoJackie Ward speaks with the STEM director at Holy Names High School and the students show off a live demo of the robots.
BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - HNHS Sister Noel GirardJackie Ward spoke with a living piece of history at Holy Names High School, Sister Noel Girard.
BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - Friday Wrap Up at HNHSJackie Ward sets the scene as we wind down out back to school coverage with our final stop at Holy Names High School.
Holy Names High School Guided By Nun For 7 DecadesAt Holy Names High School in Oakland, Sr. Noel Girard is the heart of the community, being involved with the school for more than seven decades as a student, then a teacher and now a volunteer. Jackie Ward reports. (8/23/19)
Student Population Boom Presents Problems for San Jose State UniversityA record 36,000 students are enrolled at San Jose State University, about 4,000 more than last year's fall semester. As Len Ramirez reports from the campus, the bigger crowds are also presenting some bigger challenges. (8-22-19)
Alamo School Completes Renovation After Students Spend Years In Portable ClassroomsAfter spending several years in portable classrooms, students and teachers at a school in Alamo are finally back in permanent ones after a major renovation. Jackie Ward reports. (8/22/19)
Woman Leaves Corporate World To Lift Up Foster Youth Through Non-ProfitNationwide data show foster youth are far less likely than their peers to go to college, and about half of them become homeless within a year and a half of living on their own. But a Bay Area woman is helping foster youth soar. Sharon Chin reports. (8/21/19)
Fremont Junior High Schools Shift To Middle School Model, Add 6th GradersThe Fremont Unified School District is beginning to shift all of its junior high schools to a middle school model, adding 6th graders in the process. Jackie Ward reports. (8/20/19)
Historic Alameda High School Building Reopens To StudentsAfter being closed for years due to earthquake concerns, a historic building at Alameda High School is once again holding classes after a major renovation. Jackie Ward reports. (8/19/19)
Oakland Schools Lose Their Cool, Install Classroom Fans During Heat WaveRelief from the heat is on the way for thousands of students in Oakland. The solution: fans -- a lot of them. Da Lin reports. (8-16-19)
School Year Begins Amid Rising Measles Cases; Which Vaccinations To GetAs the school year begins, many parents worry that the ongoing measles outbreak could worsen. KPIX 5 reporter Jackie Ward talks to a nurse practicioner about which vaccinations are required for children entering school. (8/14/19)
SFUSD Votes To Cover Up Washington High Mural Without Painting Over ItThe vote was 4-3 as the board decided the artwork will not be painted over. Instead, they will proceed with a plan to hide parts of the mural with panels or other material. Opponents of this plan say they are still considering a lawsuit Joe Vazquez reports. (8-13-2019)
Camp Edmo Helps Kids Discover Science, Nature & Practice KindnessCamp Edmo Co-Founder and Executive Director Ed Caballero talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about the tech camp's philosophy and mission that blends science, engineering, the arts and nature, with social and emotional learning. For more information, go to campedmo.org