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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Air quality district offers $4 million to promote decreased vehicle use

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional government agency that regulates sources of air pollution, is offering $4 million for ride sharing or shuttle services that promote decreased vehicle use. As part of its efforts to diminish local air pollution, the air district will review applications and distribute
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Tree-sitter renews People’s Park protest

Seven months after a People’s Park tree-sitter was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the park has once again become home to a tree-sit, this time in response to what the tree-sitter called an urgent situation for Berkeley’s homeless people. A sometimes Berkeley resident who goes by the name of
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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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County’s homeless single adult population rises

While Alameda County has made great strides in preventing and reducing homelessness among families, veterans and the mentally ill, the number of homeless single adults has swelled since 2009, according to the results of a biennial census released last month. Conducted in January — by EveryOne Home, a nonprofit organization
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