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

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

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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