The district’s enrollment has fallen by 15% since a 2015 peak, including a drop of 104 students this school year. BUSD’s budget isn’t expected to take a hit until 2024-25.
Ally Markovich, who covers the school beat for Berkeleyside, is a former high school English teacher. Her work has appeared in The Oaklandside, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Washington Post, among other publications. You can spot her running on the trails in Tilden Park.
Berkeley High personal finance class promises $2.4M ‘for free’
In Ms. Rigley’s class, students learn how investing $500 a month can add up to $2.4 million over 40 years. A new state bill could make personal finance a graduation requirement.
UC proposes ‘admission guarantee’ for transfer students. Would it increase access?
Supporters say a systemwide guarantee would streamline applications for community college students, but some worry they’d no longer be guaranteed to get into their preferred school.
Berkeley High was once Cal’s biggest feeder school but not anymore
Until recently, Berkeley High students were admitted to Cal at above average rates — even with lower GPAs. That’s no longer the case.
Berkeley school district explores giving cash payments to students with enslaved ancestors
A new district task force will study how to create a reparations program. If implemented, it could be the first of its kind in the country.
Raises won during strike have $38M price tag. How will UC Berkeley pay?
UC Berkeley has found funds to cover $18 million of the added expense, but some departments could still need to admit fewer Ph.D.s and cut TAs to save money.
Jewish families ask BUSD to move high school graduation to preserve Sabbath
District leaders say graduation will remain on Saturday this year, but they will try to move it in future years.
High school thespians get the spotlight at Berkeley Rep festival this Sunday
The March 12 festival will feature five mini-plays by and about students at Berkeley High and four other Bay Area high schools.
The 5 Berkeley streets with the most recorded potholes
These streets have received the largest numbers of citizen complaints over the past 13 years.
UC Berkeley will close 3 libraries amid shrinking budget
The closures and cuts will save the university about $1 million per year, but critics say the cost to research and community life is higher.
Update: Berkeley youth win two seats on city climate commission
The change gives youth ages 16 to 25 a voice in local legislative process on environmental and climate issues.
David Lance Goines, iconic Berkeley printmaker, dies at 77
Goines’ graphic design defined multiple generations in the city’s history, from the Free Speech Movement to the rise of Chez Panisse.