Three years ago, a former REALM Charter School teacher was exonerated in criminal court of sexually assaulting a student. Now the student is filing a civil suit.
Berkeley Unified School District
What to expect from BUSD’s COVID-19 policies this school year
The new school year brings looser COVID-19 restrictions, with less testing and more field trips and classroom visitors.
Student charged in Berkeley High mass shooting plot sentenced to rehab facility
The 16-year-old Berkeley High student pleaded guilty to a felony crime and his sentence includes time in a rehabilitation facility.
She fought on behalf of her blind son. Now BUSD will make online learning tools more accessible
The National Federation of the Blind hopes a settlement the mother reached with BUSD will become a blueprint for other school districts.
Berkeley school board votes to desegregate middle schools with new enrollment policy
Starting in fall 2023, students will be enrolled at Longfellow Middle School based on where they live. A map showing how students will be assigned their school has yet to be finalized.
BUSD puts staff vaccine mandate on hold, rescinds student vax-or-test rule
Reversing course, the Berkeley school board rescinded a vaccine-or-test policy for students and put a vaccine mandate for employees on hold at its Wednesday meeting.
Black and Latino students in Berkeley Unified are overrepresented in special ed
Twenty-eight percent of Black students are in special ed, compared to 7% of white students. Berkeleyside digs into BUSD’s plan to address the disparity.
Berkeley science teacher wins Time magazine innovative teaching award
Neelam Patil is one of 10 teachers chosen by Time for her work using “pocket forests” to help students see they can make a difference in climate change.
It took 9 days to arrest suspect in mass shooting plot at Berkeley High. Police explain why
A BHS student who amassed parts to build explosives and assault rifles got them legally, police say, and was not ready to carry out an attack.
Student, 16, arrested on suspicion of mass shooting, bomb plot at BHS
Police say they seized “parts to explosives and assault rifles, several knives” and other concerning materials at the boy’s Berkeley home.
Berkeley school district faces 2 more child sex abuse lawsuits
The lawsuits claim staff members at two elementary schools sexually abused students in 1967 and 1995 and the schools failed to stop it.
Kids rally to keep beloved 5th grade teacher at Cragmont
Kemal Stewart, the school’s only Black male teacher, is being moved from the school due to falling enrollment.