Illustration of students in a classroom. A hand symbolizing budget cuts takes away a student's books

Berkeley school district cannot cut resources from students who need them most

CITY AFFAIRS: At a time when Berkeley schools are facing an equity crisis, it can’t afford to defund diversity programs

The Berkeley Unified School District board is considering defunding the Office of Family Engagement and Equity, which aims to provide support to underserved students and their families — affecting nearly 40 percent of students in the district. It should go without saying that the financial sustainability of a public school district should never come at the cost of supporting the students who rely on it most.
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Mayor Tom Bates to retire from position after 14 years in office

After 14 years as mayor of Berkeley — the longest tenure in the city’s history — and 38 years of public office, Tom Bates, age 78, has decided to retire. It marks the end of a long career of public service that was punctuated with significant accomplishments that benefited many, from people with disabilities to Berkeley youth to local breweries and sports fanatics.
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City Council talks Berkeley Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision

The Berkeley City Manager’s Office provided an update on a plan to improve the city’s ability to serve the Berkeley community and presented the positive progress of a city education initiative during a special Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday.
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