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School board candidates back Measure E1, will push for education equality

From left: Abdur Sikder, Judy Appel, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and Norma Harrison. They are running for two seats on the school board. Photos: Courtesy Two incumbents are facing two challengers at the polls today in two lightly contested seats on the Berkeley Unified School District.  Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, 60, is the executive director of Bay Area Hispano Institute […]

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Address verification work continues for Berkeley Unified

The Bonar Street headquarters of the Berkeley Unified School District. Photo: Kaia Diringer The Berkeley Unified School District has continued its stepped-up efforts to cut down on enrollment fraud during its second year of widespread home visits and address verifications prompted by a new policy adopted by the School Board last year. Wednesday night, the board got […]

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Election 2016 Berkeley: Spotlight on the School Board

From left: Abdur Sikder, Judy Appel, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and Norma Harrison. Photos: Courtesy Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2016 candidates for Berkeley mayor, City Council, School Board and Rent Board. We are publishing questionnaires with the candidates daily at 11 a.m. through Monday. We’ll also have stories on all the key Berkeley races and […]

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Election 2016: Who is Beatriz Leyva-Cutler?

Photo: Courtesy of Beatriz Leyva-Cutler Name: Beatriz Leyva-Cutler Age: 60 Job: Executive Director of BAHIA Inc. What office are you are running for? Berkeley School Board What is the main reason you are running? I am running for Berkeley School Board to solidify the focus through policy and practice the expectation of always holding equity and academic excellence of […]

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Felarca supporters shut down School Board meeting

Yvette Felarca during Wednesday night’s board meeting. Image: BUSD Yvette Felarca during Wednesday night’s board meeting. Image: BUSD A roomful of supporters of Berkeley teacher Yvette Felarca — who was placed on paid leave by the district last month — demanded during Wednesday night’s School Board meeting that she be returned to her classroom immediately and taken off […]

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Op-ed: We need real equity and access to a livable Berkeley

This letter, by REAL Berkeley, was sent to the Berkeley City Council ahead of its July 12 meeting. REAL Berkeley is a group of Berkeley citizens who are interested in helping to develop a comprehensive housing plan for the city that provides affordable housing for low-income, moderate and workforce housing (see list of members below). REAL Berkeley […]

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Berkeley school superintendent worked 18 months with lapsed credentials

Donald Evans. Photo: Hayward Unified School District For much of the last two years, Berkeley School Superintendent Donald Evans has been working without credentials required by his contract. In July 2014, a year after his appointment, Evans let his school administrative services credential and his teaching credential lapse. He finally renewed them on Jan. 4, […]

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Berkeley Technology Academy starts semester with record low enrollment

BTA Principal Sheila Quintana. Image: BUSD Berkeley Technology Academy, the city’s alternative high school, was set to begin the year with record low enrollment, Principal Sheila Quintana told the School Board in late August. Quintana gave the board an update on the school’s efforts at its Aug. 26 meeting, detailing recent successes and challenges since she […]

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BUSD poised to adopt tougher school enrollment policy

BUSD rejected 11% of applicants from private middle schools to Berkeley High School for 2015-16 after stricter enforcement requirements were implemented. Now the board is considering an even tougher policy. Photo: Melati Citrawireja Berkeley school board officials are considering tougher enrollment requirements to curb illegal enrollment in the district, following the initial success of new […]