Interdistrict transfers raise contention

Around 500 students transfer from different cities to attend schools in the Berkeley Unified School District each year — an issue that has raised much contention among some community members who believe local tax money should only go toward Berkeley residents. Interdistrict transfers, in which students assigned to other school
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Study: elementary school science education neglected

Researchers found that only 10 percent of California’s public elementary schools receive high-quality science-based education, according to a study released Tuesday. The study found that the state’s public elementary schools neglect the sciences in their attempts to improve scores on statewide testing, which focuses on mathematics and English. Conducted by
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REALM charter school teachers join union

The teachers at REALM charter school in Berkeley will now be represented by a teachers’ union, joining a growing number of charter school teachers in the state who are unionizing. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers, which represents approximately 800 faculty members in the city, will represent all 12 teachers, most of whom
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The Berkeley Youth Alternatives Garden is scheduled to close due to lack of funding.

Due to lack of funding, youth internship program to close

Seaquins Young began working at the Berkeley Youth Alternatives Gardens at the age of 15. For Young, the program provided financial and emotional support as she completed her independent education through her pregnancy. Now, as a 19-year-old in the job market, she had no idea the program that supported her
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Berkeley City Council, school district to vacate Old City Hall

Both the Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley City Council plan to vacate Old City Hall, which houses the district’s offices and council chambers, in the near future. The building, located at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way and also called the Maudelle Shirek Building, after the former council member,
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Berkeley school district rejects charter school proposal

A proposal for a charter school was turned down by the Berkeley Unified School District’s Board of Education this week. The board followed with the staff recommendation at its Wednesday meeting to reject the proposal for Integrity Education Center, an earlier version of which the board denied earlier this year.
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District awaits results as 2020 Vision plan enters early stages

Although nearly all of the Berkeley Unified School District’s plans to close the district’s racial achievement gap by 2020 are under way, measuring the progress so far remains difficult, since the programs are still in their early stages. The plan, called 2020 Vision, is composed of 87 action steps that
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