All Articles: Education

‘The way she treats us makes us want to do well’

By Rahsaan Thomas There’s a teacher who walks around a prison classroom engaging students and encouraging them in a way they say most teachers in the public school system din’t. Behind San Quentin educator D. Searle is a testament — copies of more than two dozen High School Equivalent diplomas earned since late 2015 by […]

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SQ Mission: Learning to earn a living wage

By Kevin D. Sawyer In prison, education is all about public safety. Shannon Swain, Deputy Superintendent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Education (OCE) understands this well. “If someone’s going to do time, then they should learn something to better their community,” said Swain. “If someone learns a skill […]

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Curbing Truancy in California to Prevent Dropouts

By N.T. Butler A campaign is underway to curb truancy in California, termed a crisis that frequently leads to dropouts, crime and prison. “We take this matter very seriously,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a March news conference to endorse a series of bills in the Legislature to combat truancy. She said more than […]

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University Symposium To Focus on Education

By Thomas Gardner California needs to continue reducing prison overcrowding and focus more attention on education and communities, according to a recent university symposium. The University of California Merced’s Center for the Humanities sponsored the event, titled “30 Years of Mass Incarceration.” “We don’t want to save money, we want to spend it on education […]

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San Quentin Celebrates Its 2014 Graduation

By Juan Haines The 2014 graduating class at San Quentin State Prison included more than a dozen inmates receiving associate degrees in social and behavioral science, humanities, American studies, business and liberal arts. In addition, Robert Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. “It’s so important, the support we receive from family and […]

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More Money Spent on Prisons Than Education

By Willie Williams Williams is the Opinion Editor for the Green & Gold newspaper at Fremont High School in Oakland, Calif. Keeping a prisoner in the Santa Rita Jail is worth more to society than keeping a student in Fremont High School in Oakland. That’s right. California spends $46,000 per prisoner incarcerated in state prisons […]

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S.Q. Education Department Gets New Electronic SMART Boards

By Charles David Henry The Robert E. Burton Adult Education Center at San Quentin has installed a new interactive state-of-the-art electronic learning devices in six classrooms. SMART Technologies’ SMART Board, a multi-facet communication device, operates with a desktop/laptop computer, an overhead projector and a white board. The system will profile images from the computer to […]

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Data Shows Educated Prisoners Don’t Return

By Ted Swain After being released from prison, educated inmates do not come back, according to the Rand Corporation. “We no longer need to debate whether correctional education works,” said Lois Davis, a Rand researcher. However, “we do need more research to tease out which parts of these programs work best.” The report gives data […]

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UC Berkeley Students Praise S.Q. Programs

By Juan Haines Editor’s note: For security reasons, The San Quentin Education Staff requests San Quentin News use only the first names of the college students in this article. We have honored that request. For more than a dozen years, students from a prestigious Northern California university have been venturing inside a state prison, tutoring […]

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New Vice Principal Speaks About Increasing Educational Opportunities

By Charles David Henry Vice-principal, M. Wheeless comes to San Quentin’s Education Department with the experience of teaching in various middle schools and adult education departments throughout California’s public schools. He also has experience at the district office level, which includes managing teachers and workers in other supporting rolls in the schools. He said teaching […]

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