Berkeley Technology Academy. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Berkeley Technology Academy: this week Berkeleyside published an in-depth investigation into serious concerns expressed by around half the teachers at Berkeley’s ‘second’ high school. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Did you hear that Shakespeare & Co., Berkeley’s oldest operating bookstore, closed down? Did you also hear that Oscar’s – a much-loved downtown burger joint – is shuttering after 65 years in the city?

If you were reading Berkeleyside, you did.

This week, Berkeleyside also published an in-depth investigation into serious concerns about Berkeley Technology Academy, Berkeley’s second — often overlooked — high school. Senior Reporter Emilie Raguso spent months reporting the story to paint as full and balanced a picture as she could of a school which one insider describes as “a powder keg waiting to explode.”

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There was also news about the mentally ill man who killed Peter Cukor in front of his North Berkeley home in 2012; a look at how sky-high rents and Airbnb rentals are impacting the Berkeley housing market; and news that the city’s school district is getting tough on illegal enrollment.

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The Berkeleyside team: Frances Dinkelspiel, Lance Knobel, Emilie Raguso, Wendy Cohen, and Tracey Taylor.

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