Campus Briefs

Bookstore to get new facelift

Plans to renovate City College’s bookstore are underway.

Located in Conlan Hall, the bookstore will relocate to the Annex at 11 Phelan Ave., according to an Oct. 10 memo released by Don Newton, the bookstore’s executive director.

The first phase of the plan calls for moving all the textbooks by Oct. 17, resulting in the closure of the two stores.

All textbooks will be available in the Annex beginning Oct. 20, Newton said.

The newly remodeled bookstore in Conlan Hall is expected to open after the Thanksgiving break.

Wealth gap likely to widen, study shows

Wealthier parents are spending more on education for their children resulting in widening the nation’s wealth gap, according to research by Emory University sociologist Sabino Kornrich.

The average education spending per child for the wealthy jumped 35 percent to $5,210  a year, compared to $1,000 per child for 90 percent of the households, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The top 10 percent of earners averaged an annual income of $253,146.

“People at the top just have so much income now that they’re easily able to spend more on their kids,” Kornrich said.

The research also noted that enrollment climbed at pricier private schools.

College releases report on campus safety and security

To ensure awareness of public safety and security at City College, the 2014 Annual Security Report is now available for review.

This report covers specific crime data for the previous three years, as well as, other safety procedure information for employees and students.

The report is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act that requires colleges to produce an Annual Security Report (ASR). The report is annually due by Oct. 1.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The act was signed into law in 1990. It was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.

“City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which our administration, faculty and staff create an atmosphere of learning for our students,” Campus Police Chief Andre Barnes said, in a memo released Oct. 1. “This is partially accomplished by providing safety, crime information to the campus community.”

For a printed copy of the report contact the CCSF Police Department at (415) 239-3200 or download it at www.ccsf.edu

Another push to improve the quality of education for students of color

Improving the quality of education for students of color in public schools may soon be a reality if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Obama is calling for guidelines that ensure strong teachers, high-level math and science courses; quality extracurricular programs, equivalent technology and school facilities, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

A recent document released by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education and reported by the Chronicle shows that while black and Latino students represent 40 percent of all public high school students, they only comprise one-fourth of students taking Advanced Placement classes.

Additionally, according to the report, black students are more than four times as likely to attend schools where one-fifth of their teachers do not meet all the requirements for state teaching certificates. Also, schools with a high concentration of students of color are more likely to have temporary classrooms.

“Education is the great equalizer,” Arne Duncan, secretary of education, said recently in a statement prepared for the Public Policy Conference of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington. “It should be used to level the playing field, not to grow inequality.”

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