SFUSD gets B grade from pro-charter group 

The free-marketeering, privatization-boosting, libertarian Reason Foundation has given The City’s school district an overall B grade in a study released Thursday.

The pro-charter school organization gave the Oakland Unified School District, which has a strong charter schools contingent, an A grade.

San Francisco Unified School District officials did not comment on the study.

The grade, which was part of the foundation’s Weighted Student Formula Yearbook, was based on a series of criteria.

“The study recommends a series of ‘best practices’ for districts, including publishing school report cards for parents, using performance-based pay for teachers and principals, allowing students to enroll in any school in the district, and giving principals control over their hiring and budgets,” according to the foundation.

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The Reason Foundation released its grades for the SFUSD on Thursday:

Overall Grade for SFUSD: B

Principal autonomy: B

School empowerment benchmarks: C

2011 proficiency rates: A-

Proficiency rate improvement: F

Expected proficiency vs. actual: A-

Expected proficiency improvement: C+

2011 graduation rates: D

2011 achievement gaps: C

Achievement gap improvement: B-

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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