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.

Berkeley schools see improvement in test scores

Despite not fully meeting federal standards, the Berkeley Unified School District’s overall test scores are up, and students are performing better than last year, according to data from the California Department of Education. Although this year’s results showed increased participation in student testing at Berkeley High School and significantly higher
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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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Committee releases gun control and safety report

Violence prevention education, increased security presence and screening for weapons at schools are just a few recommendations from the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee, released in a gun control and safety report June 24. The committee presented the report to the district’s Board of Directors Wednesday night
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