Alex Siegel

Exclusion and Access in San Francisco Unified School District

How does the urban geography of San Francisco shape access to education? By studying the San Francisco School District archives and exploring the city on foot and by bus, I seek to illuminate the relationships between transportation, housing, and the quality of public of schools. In light of the Districts unique student assignment policy, how does the relative accessibility or inaccessibility of a school lend shape to its demographics, performance, and ability to meet students needs? In order to understand the present conjuncture in San Franciscos school system, my research will attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of the School Districts policies, ranging from desegregation, integration, and bussing in the 1960s and 1970s to the present moment.

Message to Sponsor

I hope that this project uncovers information and produces understandings that can be useful SFUSD parents. I also hope to produce a paper or article that, by situating the Districts policies and the Board of Educations deliberations within a historical context, will be an insightful read for SFUSD administrators or educators in general.
  • Major: Interdisciplinary Studies Field
  • Mentor: Ingird Seyer-Ochi, Education