Future funding for city child care programs may be cut

The financial future of Berkeley’s public preschool and child care programs have been thrown into flux now that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the upcoming school year has been released. Though the state’s proposed cuts presented in January will not be finalized until the budget revision in May, the
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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 approves additional costs for Derby field project

At its first meeting of the school year Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education approved the final designs for Derby Field — a baseball field whose renovation has been discussed for more than 15 years. The district approved the project’s total cost of about $2.4 million, as
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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.