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BSEP renewal would fund small class sizes, libraries, music in Berkeley schools, but with big tax hike

Since 1986, Berkeley public schools have benefited from smaller class sizes, libraries, music and arts instruction thanks to the infusion of funds from the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP). The parcel tax has been renewed with voter support in 1994, 2004 and 2006. If past elections are any guide, Measure E1 to renew BSEP should pass the two-thirds […]

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Address verification work continues for Berkeley Unified

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 an update from BUSD admissions manager Francisco Martinez about how enrollment and address verifications […]

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Berkeley School Board to consider new elementary campus; BSEP tax measure meetings kick off Thursday

Berkeley could get a new elementary school in 2018 to help reduce and even out school population sizes around the district, as well as other possible benefits, according to a staff report prepared for the Feb. 24 School Board meeting. School resources, including staffing and supplies, are estimated to cost $1.07 million annually, which does not […]

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Berkeley School Board primer: enrollment and capacity, recess restriction, emergency preparedness

The Berkeley schools Board of Education meets tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 5) for a closed session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Follow along via the Nov. 5 agenda packet. The board will discuss possible solutions to overcrowding in the schools and will hear the first draft of a policy on using recess restriction as […]