The Ravenswood City School District is proposing spending more than $133 million on repairing and expanding East Palo Alto’s schools, the most major upgrades since 1945.
Ravenswood City School District
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring ushers low-income kids from the tennis courts to the classroom. The program’s focus on parents comes as the Ravenswood City School District has major changes.
The district is working to identify their educational priorities as it prepares to receive an influx of cash and increased control over allocation of the money under California’s new K-12 school funding formula.
With declining funding for public school art programs, the Mural Music & Arts Project has stepped in to fill an important void, offering year-round youth programs.
Teachers and administrators in East Palo Alto are preparing for a national initiative that leave curriculum planning to individual school districts, but provides a set of universal standards.
In 2006, voters approved a parcel tax that would equally fund public safety measures and violence prevention programs. The city is now racing the clock to use unspent prevention money before the tax expires.
Aspire Public Schools built a loyal following in East Palo Alto by stressing college preparation. Now the charter management organization wants permission to expand.
This spring, the city’s battle to reduce crime and violence will take on an unexpected new front: junior and senior high school students who chronically miss school.
Five years ago, Ravenswood City School District identified the high turnover rate among teachers as a significant problem. Now, staff are working to boost retention by increasing teacher satisfaction.