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Wealth & poverty

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:49pm

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

State Subsidies Lag Behind Local Child-Care Costs

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:47pm

The income cutoff to qualify for subsidies is based on the 2005 state median income, while the average cost of putting a San Francisco preschooler in care full time has almost doubled since then.

Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:42pm

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

In the Heart of Tech, a Persistent Digital Divide

Peter Snarr, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 2:31pm

Internet access is increasingly taken for granted — for finding a job, attending all levels of school, managing a business, entertainment and communication. But 100,000 San Francisco residents cannot afford a home connection.

A Tale of Two Markets

Mark Hedin and Geoff Link, Central City Extra — Jan 21 2016 - 2:01pm

Mid-Market stores are worlds apart, a sign of rapid change.

Affordable Housing Requirements in Question at California Supreme Court

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 21 2015 - 11:46am

A case involving San Jose that is now before the state Supreme Court could hamper affordable housing construction statewide.

Bay Area Food Stamp Recipients Can Soon Shop Online

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 9 2015 - 9:30am

Bay Area residents who rely on food stamps to buy groceries soon will be able to use them online.

As Courts Flip-Flopped on School Integration, Diversity Has Remained Elusive

Sanne Bergh and Paul Lorgerie, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 5 2015 - 4:26pm

By 2005, when a federal judge lifted the most recent desegregation orders, San Francisco Unified School District had been trying for more than three decades to make its schools more racially and socioeconomically diverse, starting in 1971 with forced busing. San Francisco schools no longer exhibit the level of racial isolation they once did, but they are now resegregating, as are many others across the country. In 2013–2014, in more than one-quarter of city schools, 60 percent of the students were of one race. That is a far cry from 1966, when more than one-third of the schools had student populations with 80 percent or more belonging to a single racial group. (In 2014, just three schools were segregated to that degree.)

As Parents Get More Choice, S.F. Schools Resegregate

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 2 2015 - 8:40am

Each January, parents across San Francisco rank their preferences for public schools. By June, most get their children into their first choices, and almost three-quarters get one of their choices. A majority of families may be satisfied with the outcome, but the student assignment system is failing to meet its No. 1 goal, which the San Francisco Unified School District has struggled to achieve since the 1960s: classroom diversity. Since 2010, the year before the current policy went into effect, the number of San Francisco’s 115 public schools dominated by one race has climbed significantly.

San Francisco Schools’ Changing Demographics

Paul Lorgerie and Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 2 2015 - 8:39am

Over five decades, San Francisco saw a demographic transformation in its public school system. In 1969, white and black students together were the majority, as in most of the rest of the United States. Since then, San Francisco public school enrollment has fallen by 39 percent, and almost all the missing faces are white or black. But the two groups have not disappeared in the same way.

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