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

School children campaigning for Measure E1 at the Solano Stroll in September. Photo: Yes on Measure E1 Campaign 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 […]

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Address verification work continues for Berkeley Unified

The Bonar Street headquarters of the Berkeley Unified School District. Photo: Kaia Diringer 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 […]

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After initial stumble, police and schools aim to team up

Representatives from BUSD and the School Board — Superintendent Donald Evans, Susan Craig and Ty Alper — ask the community for feedback about its policy related to sharing information with police. Photo: Emilie Raguso Representatives from BUSD and the School Board — Superintendent Donald Evans, Susan Craig and Ty Alper — ask the community for feedback about […]

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Berkeley School Board primer: Discussion of overcrowding solutions continues

The Berkeley School Board, at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD The Berkeley School Board, at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD The Berkeley schools Board of Education meets tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 10) for a closed session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. See the Dec. 10 agenda packet. Ty Alper, elected in November, […]

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Berkeley School Board: 3 seats contested by 5 candidates

The current Berkeley School Board, at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD The current Berkeley School Board, at an August 2014 meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD Three seats on the Berkeley Unified school board are being contested by five candidates in this year’s election. Three of the candidates — Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill and Julie Sinai — […]