Principal wants to cut back on truancy this year

Berkeley High School’s staff is starting out the school year with a renewed focus on attendance and communication, according to a letter sent out Wednesday to the high school community. Soumya Karlamangla is the assistant city news editor.

Berkeley schools see improvement in test scores

Despite not fully meeting federal standards, the Berkeley Unified School District’s overall test scores are up, and students are performing better than last year, according to data from the California Department of Education. Although this year’s results showed increased participation in student testing at Berkeley High School and significantly higher
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Oxford Elementary now a “Program Improvement” school

Oxford Elementary in the Berkeley Unified School District is now designated a Program Improvement school, based on state and federal testing data released today. Although Oxford Elementary met its state-measured Academic Performance Index goals, it did not meet the federal ones, called Academic Yearly Progress standards — guidelines instated as
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Exit exam results show drop in pass rate

Despite steady statewide increases in the percentage of high school students passing the California High School Exit Exam over the past six years, the percentage of students in the Berkeley Unified School District who passed the exam in the 10th grade decreased this year. According to data released Wednesday by
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At Berkeley’s new charter school, empty classrooms await future students. The school opened its doors Tuesday.

New charter school opens in Berkeley

After much anticipation, Berkeley Unified School District’s first and only charter school opened Tuesday, welcoming sixth and ninth grade students to its West Berkeley campus. Classes begin this week for the Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement middle and high schools, which focus on technology and hands-on learning and is the
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Berkeley High School custodian shot Friday in an attempted robbery

A Berkeley High School custodian and his family were shot in an attempted robbery Friday morning, resulting in the death of the custodian’s mother, according to a Monday newsletter sent to the high school community. Dinesh Kumar, who was shot multiple times in his Richmond home, has stabilized and is
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Warm water pool set for December closure

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Lee Nelson, a retired Rockridge area resident, stood in the shallow end of Berkeley’s warm water pool on a Wednesday evening, his thin hands gripped around a swim noodle, basking in the heated waters. Nelson,
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The school board heard safety recommendations at its Wednesday meeting.

Berkeley school board discusses safety report

After six separate gun incidents at Berkeley high schools since Jan. 10, the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee has been instructed by the district’s Board of Education to create an action plan for the committee’s gun prevention recommendations on Berkeley high school campuses. At Wednesday night’s school
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Committee releases gun control and safety report

Violence prevention education, increased security presence and screening for weapons at schools are just a few recommendations from the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee, released in a gun control and safety report June 24. The committee presented the report to the district’s Board of Directors Wednesday night
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