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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 […]

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Years of leaky pipes at Emerson School could see fix soon

Emerson students wrote letters to BUSD maintenance chief Lew Jones asking for help. This drawing, by Oliver, shows a leaking pipe. By Camille Baptista Citing a failure to address significant plumbing problems at Emerson Elementary that date back years, community members pleaded with the Berkeley Unified School Board last Wednesday to ask the district to change […]

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Hayward chief is finalist for BUSD superintendent spot

Donald Evans. Photo: Hayward Unified School District A national search for a new Berkeley schools superintendent has ended practically right next door in Hayward with the announcement Friday morning that Donald Evans has been chosen by the School Board as its preferred finalist for the position. Evans has been superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District […]

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School budget ‘cautiously positive’ despite challenges

The Bonar Street headquarters of the Berkeley Unified School District. Photo: Kaia Diringer “Prudent budgeting” has allowed Berkeley’s school district finances to weather obstacles such as rising employee health care costs and insufficient revenue from the state, officials said earlier this week. “We have heard about the pain in other school districts from furlough days, significant […]

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School board race: Candidates vie for two open seats

Leyva-Cutler: “The community gave us great feedback” about the Edmond Heatley controversy Leyva-Cutler: “The community gave us great feedback” about the Edmond Heatley controversy In most years, an incumbent running for school board in a well-regarded school district would be considered a shoo-in. But the storm over the unfilled Berkeley Unified superintendent post jeopardizes Beatriz Leyva-Cutler‘s […]

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School board forum displays strong anti-Broad views

Candidates for the school board speak at Thursday night’s forum. Left to right: Judy Appel, Norma Harrison, Tracy Hollander, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler. Photo: Lance Knobel Candidates for the school board speak at Thursday night’s forum. Left to right: Judy Appel, Norma Harrison, Tracy Hollander, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler. Photo: Lance Knobel At the only forum planned for school […]