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News - March 10, 2017

Superintendent tackles growing housing crisis

With a third of Ravenswood students facing homelessness, Goff persists in finding solutions

by Anna Medina

In the Ravenswood School District, 42 percent of the 3,069 students are homeless, according to recent information compiled by district staff.

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23 people like this
Posted by friend in EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Yes, this is a huge problem in EPA. BUT Dr. Hernandez Goff needs to leave it to the many, many non-profits and governmental agencies who work with this situation. HER primary job is to see that the students are getting the best possible education, no matter what their housing situation is. She's become totally side-tracked by this issue. Maybe she should resign her post with the District and go to work full-time addressing the homeless issue. Then the District could hire a full-time educator as Superintendent.

7 people like this
Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Friend in EPA:

If the other organizations were sufficient, we wouldn't have this problem. Helping student welfare goes back as far as school lunches. How can a third of students focus on long division and grammar trees when their material needs aren't even met? Heiriarchy of needs

7 people like this
Posted by Marc Vincenti
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

About two weeks ago, the PBS NewsHour ran a major story on homeless high-school students in Kansas City, reported by education correspondent Lisa Stark.

The story was full of hope, and full of details of how the city. its schools, and multiple community agencies have come together to successfully tackle the problem.

I mention this as something that might be of use to anyone working on this issue.

Marc Vincenti
Chairman, Save the 2,008 -- creating hope for Palo Alto's high-schoolers

7 people like this
Posted by a friend
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Where's Facebook in all this? EPA is their neighborhood. Mark Zuckerberg and his $56 billion? He drives by these neighborhoods every day on the way to work. He could spend $20 million building housing for the poor in EPA and not even notice a drop in his wealth. Billionaires for Fairness and Justice!

2 people like this
Posted by EPA Neighbor
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Dr. Hernandez-Goff was charged with creating "community schools" that served the whole community. The Ravenswood School Board was truly showing leadership when they established that goal and that is what she has done. We could use more leadership like this from our elected officials in EPA.

2 people like this
Posted by EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:48 pm

EPA should make University Ave a toll road to access the bridge so they could make some money off all the east bay commuters that cut through town everyday. University Ave wasn't designed to handle all that bridge traffic and back in the day University was a dead end and didn't connect to 84.

4 people like this
Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

The problem of 42% of children with living conditions is horrible. My issue is they are not homeless.. They are living with a roof over their heads. May not be ideal but its home. You can't ignore the 58% that don't have this issue. The problem that these schools are having is they are spending more time worrying about the parents eating and washing their clothes. We need to focus on EDUCATION! We need to put teachers back in the classroom who care and relate to the children. Not the ones who want to get their student loans paid off.. Are kids who are a little better off get any programs? What type of help are we offering them? Is the schools doing anything to help them be able to get into WCAL schools or any private schools? Do you have to live in a home of 10 people to get noticed? Do what you were hired to do... Bring QUALITY EDUCATION to all the students!!

2 people like this
Posted by Neighbor from Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

The reporter needed to ask more follow-on questions as to Hernandez-Goff's data. For example, the Superintendent should have been asked, the source of the "information" that was "compiled" that revealed that 42% of students were "homeless." (On a related note, the students were also not technically homeless.) While housing is certainly a problem in this area, it's important that reporters not merely accept what sources tell them. Instead, drill in and find out the specifics. Give us more details. Unfortunately, articles like this can be quoted by local politicians and then repeated by others. Do your community a service by supply the sources for the data.

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a resident of JLS Middle School

on Sep 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

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