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ELECTION 2022: Full coverage | BERKELEY POLICE: Leaked text messages

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

B-Tech graduation rate soars under inspired leadership

Sheila Quintana Principal at B-Tech, with students. Photo: Mark Coplan This Friday, nearly 800 students from Berkeley High will attend their graduation ceremony at the historic Hearst Greek Theatre. But with equal fanfare, they’ll be joined by 62 seniors from Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech). Compared to the many hundreds from BHS, that might not sound […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley community remembers teen slain in Oakland

Lonnie Brewer, 18, holds up photographs of best friend Olajuwon Clayborn, who was killed Sunday in Oakland. Olajuwon’s cousin, Joneisha, had taped her cousin’s photograph to a vase of flowers, which Brewer holds here. Photo: Emilie Raguso [Editor’s Note: Olajuwon Clayborn’s funeral will be held Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at Missionary Church of God in Christ, 1125 […]

Posted inNosh

Joy Moore: Community food reformer

Joy Moore at the Berkeley Technology Academy garden. Photo: Sarah Henry. Retired city of Berkeley health outreach worker Joy Moore, 59, is anything but retired. A long-time local food activist, Moore has played a key role in community efforts to reform school lunch in the Berkeley Unified School District, co-founded Farm Fresh Choice, which brings […]

Posted inSchools

A matter of principal: Meet Victor Diaz, head of Berkeley’s first Charter Schools

Victor Diaz and his son Neruda, 5, and daughter Laila, 7, at Sack’s Coffee House in Berkeley. By Rachel Gross Since the small schools movement in the ‘90s, the Bay Area has been something of a petri dish for alternative academics in K-12 education. Oakland, for example, boasts 34 charter schools of various themes and sizes (as […]