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ELECTION 2022: What you need to know | WILDFIRES: Prepare | OMICRON: Get a booster | IDEA MAKERS: Our new event series

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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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After initial stumble, police and schools aim to team up

It wasn’t exactly “Kumbaya,” but Monday night’s meeting between Berkeley residents, police and school officials was described by several in attendance as a significant step, and the culmination of more than a decade of grassroots work by parents and neighborhood activists. The goal of the meeting was to begin to hash out how the Berkeley Unified School […]

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School Board considers name change at LeConte

Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club. Le Conte was also, however, a slave owner and staunch supporter of the Confederacy who held views that, […]

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Berkeley School Board primer: Discussion of overcrowding solutions continues

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, will be joining the board tonight. The board will continue its discussion of solutions to overcrowding in the schools.  See past coverage […]

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Berkeley 2014 election hub: What you need to know

Absentee ballots have arrived and the November 2014 election is just around the corner. Berkeleyside has been covering the issues for months, and we’ve collected some of our best Berkeley election coverage in a single post to help readers get informed before they cast their votes. Browse Berkeleyside’s 2014 election coverage. Berkeley has several council seats up […]