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Racist threats posted on Berkeley High library computer

Berkeley High School, where a racist message threatening violence against African Americans was found on a library computer on Nov. 4. 2015. Photo: Nancy Rubin [Editor’s Note: The following story contains graphic language and images that are disturbing.] The Berkeley High School community is reeling after a racist message threatening violence against African Americans was found on a […]

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Berkeley’s 16 schools welcome students back for new year, Pasarow starts as principal at BHS

New Berkeley High principal Sam Pasarow at a preparatory meeting on Aug. 27, 2015 with teachers and staff at BHS. Photo: Mark Coplan More than 9,000 students returned to Berkeley’s 11 elementary, three middle and two high schools schools today. Detailed enrollments will be announced by the school district in the coming weeks, but spokesman […]

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Berkeley High students allege BUSD refused access to federal investigators over sexual harassment

Students from the BHS Stop Harassing group put up posters on campus alleging BUSD has been refusing OCR investigators access to students. Photo: Jaya N.S. After BUSD officials allegedly refused to let federal investigators interview students about sexual harassment claims at Berkeley High, students plastered posters in campus hallways last month stating, “You are being […]

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Berkeley’s Lazarus, football player, to Cal State Fresno

The Berkeley High BHS signing ceremony for Michael Lazarus took place earlier this week. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD Berkeley High School celebrated National Letter of Intent Signing Day 2014 on Wednesday with a signing ceremony for Berkeley High football player Michael Lazarus. Lazarus was awarded an athletic scholarship at a Division I university, California State University, Fresno. The young man’s mother, Neesa Lazarus, is also […]

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Authorities release name of man killed at King School

Oscar Marquez (Photo provided by family) The construction worker who died at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Berkeley earlier this week has been identified by authorities as 62-year-old Oscar Marquez of Livermore. Marquez, an employee of Robert A. Bothman Construction, had been laying asphalt for a school track project on Tuesday at 12:35 p.m. when a big […]

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Berkeley school board president Leah Wilson resigns

School board president Leah Wilson: “Beyond bittersweet” School board president Leah Wilson: “Beyond bittersweet” Leah Wilson, president of the Berkeley Unified School District’s board, today announced her resignation, effective March 31. Wilson recently accepted an appointment as Court Executive Officer for the Alameda County Superior Court. That role presents potential conflicts of interest in future […]

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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 […]