Posts Tagged ‘flex’

The SF Flex Academy, a Quasi-Online Public Charter School, Opens – It’s “Bricks and Clicks”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

If you don’t like the public high school your kids are assigned to, is it too late to get them signed up for the brand-new San Francisco Flex Academy? I don’t know.

In fact, there’s a lot I don’t know about San Francisco’s newest public charter school, the one at 555 Post, the one that’s “expecting to” start classes on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Appears as if you send your kids to Union Square five days a week and then they’ll get learning from a mix of real live teachers and online instruction. It’s called “bricks and clicks,” baby, and it’s ably explained right here.

(And you parents Down South won’t be left out - Flex Academy Silicon Valley is coming online in in San Joser next year.)

All the deets:

San Francisco Flex Academy to Open Downtown This Fall. New Public Charter School Now Accepting Enrollments for Students in Grades 9-12

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23  — San Francisco Flex Academy  (SF FLEX),  an exciting new public charter high school and one of the state’s first full-time “hybrid” schools, will open this fall in downtown San Francisco.  SF Flex is currently accepting enrollments for students in grades 9-12 and is expecting to start classes on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

The school is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco at 555 Post Street, easily accessible by MUNI and BART.

The school will offer both onsite classroom instruction with highly qualified, credentialed teachers and state-of-the-art online learning provided by K12 Inc., America’s largest provider of online school programs for students in kindergarten through high school. There is no tuition to attend this public charter school.

The school:

So far, they’d been advertising with stuff like this at Alice 97.3 FM and a poster campaign – I saw something on a light pole at McAllister and Van Ness a couple months back.

Anyway, all the deets, after the jump

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A Towing Victim Fights Back after DPT’s Public Private Partnership Clears the Streets

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Here’s the thing – you gotta have rules. One rule in San Francisco is that you gotta move your car out of many parking spaces by 3:00 PM in the Financial District, or else you’re going to get a hefty ticket and a memorable tow job. Why? Cause rush hour is coming and the Spice Must Flow.

But what if you come back to your car while the tow truck is hooking you up? I’ve seen cases where the tow truck operator will release the vehicle under the assumption that the driver immediately leave. All right. You still have to pay the parking ticket, but all right.  But what if the truck makes it a block away and you, the car’s owner, hop on the tow truck to halt its progress?

As here. It’s well after 3:00 PM on Drumm Street between California and Sacramento, so you get a ticket and a tow. Just another day in paradise.

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But what’s this? The owner grabbing onto the passenger door handle and  hopping up on the tow truck’s running board after chasing it down for a block to Market Street? Yes!

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Let’s everybody call the SFPD to clear things up. And let’s conversate about the situation.

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Here’s the thing. The government has an interest in keeping the streets clear for traffic, so it can’t be Mr. Nice Guy. It’s got to enforce the rules or we’ll have chaos. (Although in this case, leaving the car there in that particular case wouldn’t have affected traffic a whit, in all probability) Conversely, the tow truck company has an interest in making money. (That’s why whenever I hear the phrase “public private partnership” the first thing I think is the potential for corruption.) The tow truck driver here has pretty much done all the work already, so what does he gain from releasing the vehicle? Nothing. In fact, he loses.  

So, the tow truck operator focuses on the fact that it’s after 3:00 PM and the vehicle owner focuses on the fact that he’ll drive his offending vehicle out of the way just as soon as the truck driver lets him. The public interest would be satisfied by releasing the vehicle at the scene, but not the private.

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Note the 101 California security officer monitoring the scene from the background. In his six years on the job, he’s never seen the cops tell a tow truck driver to let the driver and vehicle go. Also note the old-school, Oscar-the-Grouch-style mini trash can on the truck. What’s up with that?

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Let’s leave this scene now as I left it, all involved waiting for the SFPD to show up.

On it goes…