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Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: How can you help Berkeley youth qualify for a good career?

Berkeley can certainly take pride in the remarkable rise in our local high school graduation rate, but we still fall far short of what’s needed to assure equal opportunity for all students, especially disadvantaged youth. In the 2013-14 school year, the most recent year with comparative statewide data, Berkeley’s high school graduation rate was 89%, […]

Posted inCity

Rent Board commissioner Alejandro Soto-Vigil challenges 22-year incumbent Linda Maio in Berkeley’s District 1

Alejandro Soto-Vigil hopes to beat incumbent Linda Maio for the Berkeley City Council’s District 1 seat. Photo courtesy of Soto-Vigil Alejandro Soto-Vigil hopes to beat incumbent Linda Maio for the Berkeley City Council’s District 1 seat. Photo courtesy of Soto-Vigil Alejandro Soto-Vigil, city Rent Board commissioner and aide to Councilman Kriss Worthington, has filed to […]

Posted inSchools

Bridge Program helps narrow Berkeley’s achievement gap

Graduating seniors from Berkeley High School’s Bridge Program (L to R): Raejean Hightower, Ryen Deloatch, Carl (Neal) Edwards Joshua Butler, Zierre Robinson, Armando Maravilla, Labria Young, and Michelle Resendiz. The program held a ceremony May 27 to present the seniors with sashes. They will graduate June 13. Courtesy: The Bridge Program Four years ago Armando […]

Posted inSchools

2020 Vision: Skills improve, absences down, gap remains

The Berkeley Unified School District showed improvements in student reading proficiency by third grade between spring 2012 and 2013. (Click to see the full report.) Image: 2020 Vision A citywide initiative proponents hope will close the achievement gap in Berkeley public schools appears to be working, though significant disparities remain, according to data presented Tuesday night […]

Posted inCity, Schools

Mobile asthma clinic makes its debut at Berkeley school

Outside the Breathmobile at Malcolm X Elementary School, Oct. 18, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso A mobile asthma clinic designed to keep kids in school and out of the hospital debuted Thursday at Malcolm X Elementary School in south Berkeley. The Breathmobile, a 33-foot-long Winnebago RV, drew inquisitive looks and questions from students throughout the day. The vehicle was […]