As San Francisco’s population rapidly changes with an influx of new tech money and workers, a big question is what happens to the city’s K-12 schools and what tech’s ultimate influence on local education will be. Will tech’s presence improve public schools or bypass them by funneling even more students and wealth into pricey private schools?
The answer is a little bit of both.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and the company’s foundation made a $6 million commitment today to the San Francisco Unified School District. That may be small relative to the more than half a billion dollars the school district plans to spend for the coming year but it will help them pilot a new computer science curriculum for the middle schools, give $100,000 to principals at 21 schools to spend at their own discretion, and give 14 full-time coaches and teachers for STEM (or science, technology, engineering and math). Zynga is also coming in as a partner to co-host game design workshops. Read more.