When a $49 million renovation of the elementary school begins next year, classes will take place in portables and, following pushback from parents, the south wing of the school will remain open.
An interactive graphic created by CalMatters allows you to see how test scores changed at every Berkeley school last year — broken down by race, grade and other factors.
The district has promised to stand against “all forms of hate” and keep students safe, but has resisted calls to take a side in the conflict or make curriculum changes.
Math scores bounced back and English scores remained stagnant at pre-pandemic levels, but fewer Black students met state reading standards.
Wong served as principal at Berkeley High during the Civil Rights Movement and had an “encyclopedic knowledge” of the district’s history.
About 150 Berkeley High students walked out of class Wednesday and marched from Civic Center to the Cal campus through downtown Berkeley.
The California reparations task force proposes allowing students to transfer within and between school districts, citing Berkeley as a rare example of successful integration.
A recent lawsuit says the school district “turned a blind eye” to the abuse of girls ages 4 and 7 at LeConte Elementary.
A mental health needs assessment, the first in six years, recommends BUSD hire more diverse counselors and increase preventative mental health services.
“While we have no evidence of any threats made to students or staff, nor of either gun being brandished on campus, these are deeply concerning incidents,” BUSD spokesperson Trish McDermott said in an email.
Under a new policy, the district’s 6th grade class is more racially balanced across the three middle schools while enrollment has stayed relatively stable.
BUSD has spent decades striving to close the gap between Black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers but has yielded only limited success.