The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is currently seeking classroom volunteers to tutor students and assist teachers.
Washington Elementary School
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.
Ka’Dijah Brown, 30, is the Berkeley school board’s youngest president ever
Ka’Dijah Brown, the board’s leader since December, shared her views on racism in Berkeley schools and decisions the board could have made differently.
Renaming of Berkeley school delayed as parents decry erasure of Asian American activist
Yuri Kochiyama, who fought for the civil rights of Black and Japanese Americans, was briefly removed from consideration as Washington Elementary’s new namesake, following complaints she’d once praised Osama bin Laden.
A first day ‘like no other’: Berkeley classrooms are again full of students
After 18 months, all Berkeley schools opened for full, in-person school today. Here’s what it looked like.
Finally, a chance to learn in person at Berkeley Unified’s summer school
With pressure mounting for schools to address learning loss, BUSD takes care to prioritize socio-emotional enrichment.
BUSD will rename Jefferson and Washington elementary schools in broader ‘Black Lives Matter’ push
Board member Ka’Dijah Brown emphasized that renaming of the schools is only a small step in the district’s work to address systemic racism.
Let them eat lunch: Parents and kids say Berkeley schools have too-short mealtimes
Berkeley Unified is famous for its lunch program, but kids are coming home from school with barely eaten sandwiches and tales of scarfing down food, sometimes in as little as five to 10 minutes.
‘It’s our future’: Berkeley kids leave school to join global climate strike
Kids of all ages took to the streets in Berkeley and San Francisco to demand action on climate change.
‘Don’t share your toothbrush’: Berkeley kids taught to be safe online
Along with purchase of 6,200 Chromebooks, BUSD has launched a “digital citizenship” curriculum covering cyber-bullying, fake news and privacy.
Water at Berkeley schools tested for lead contamination
Preliminary tests at a few sites were negative, but a new law requires EBMUD to test every BUSD school.
Berkeley families start school with ‘peace gatherings’ Friday morning
Kids and parents at a few Berkeley elementary schools promoted peace and equality at demonstrations Friday morning.