Translator position aims to bridge racial achievement gap

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education approved a new translation and interpretation specialist position at its meeting Wednesday, in the hope of bridging the district’s racial achievement gap. The school board approved this staff position to improve bilingual communications — specifically with Spanish — at the district level
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New programs set sights on closing racial achievement gap

This fall, the Berkeley Unified School District will launch new programs in its schools as part of 2020 Vision, an effort to close the district’s racial achievement gap. The programs aim to improve kindergarten readiness, third grade reading proficiency and overall attendance — three of the eight improvement areas identified
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Board to consider another charter school petition

In the wake of the opening of Berkeley Unified School District’s first charter school late last month, the district’s Board of Education will consider another charter school petition this week. At its meeting Wednesday, the board will review a proposal from Oakland-based Integrity Educational Center, which resubmitted a petition to
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Local school district establishes heightened safety measures

After several incidents involving firearms on its campus last year, Berkeley High School has instated heightened safety measures for the start of the new school year. As part of the changes, the high school, teeming with more than 3,000 students, now has four campus monitors — positions created to guard
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Narrowing the gap

CITY AFFAIRS: After state data shows a widening gap between minority and white students’ success, action needs to be taken.

As time passes and minority students continue to struggle in Berkeley public schools, the educational vision of the city remains far-sighted. Not only did the percentage of Berkeley students passing the state high school exit exam decrease this year, but the gap between minority and white students widened, according to
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