Address verification work continues for Berkeley Unified

The Berkeley Unified School District has continued its stepped-up efforts to cut down on enrollment fraud during its second year of widespread home visits and address verifications prompted by a new policy adopted by the School Board last year. Wednesday night, the board got an update from BUSD admissions manager Francisco Martinez about how enrollment and address verifications […]

Students improve in literacy, lose ground in math

Berkeley students are showing gains in college preparedness and literacy, but math test scores are down, especially for black students, according to data presented Wednesday night to the Berkeley School Board at its first meeting of the school year. Classes for Berkeley Unified students begin Tuesday, Aug. 30. Wednesday night, School Board members got a […]

Berkeley High may overhaul schedule, classes to address achievement gap

A proposed redesign would shift the school’s current structure, which has students enter specific learning communities, and create a universal ninth grade.

Herding unicorns: Irene Sazer, the Real Vocal String Quartet

Long-time Berkeleyan Irene Sazer didn’t set out to capture unicorns. But in creating the Real Vocal String Quartet about a decade ago she had to find a particularly rare, almost mythical, species of musician: conservatory-trained string players comfortable with free improvisation and versed in an international array of styles from South America and Appalachia to […]

Hundreds expected to attend ‘Million Student March’ on UC Berkeley campus

Hundreds of protesters are expected to take part in a “Million Student March” demonstration Thursday, Nov. 12, on the UC Berkeley campus at 2 p.m. UC Berkeley students and other activists plan to join a nationwide day of action demanding tuition-free public higher education, cancellation of student debt and a $15 wage for all university workers. According to the […]

BHS student to be disciplined after racist statement

The student who posted an inflammatory and racist statement on a Berkeley High School library computer last week was a student of color, according to a school district spokesman. But the student, a male freshman, was not black, according to a city staffer familiar with the case. BHS Principal Sam Pasarow told the high school staff that the […]

School Board considers name change at Le Conte

Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club. Le Conte was also, however, a slave owner and staunch supporter of the Confederacy who held views that, […]

Berkeley Technology Academy starts semester with record low enrollment

Berkeley Technology Academy, the city’s alternative high school, was set to begin the year with record low enrollment, Principal Sheila Quintana told the School Board in late August. Quintana gave the board an update on the school’s efforts at its Aug. 26 meeting, detailing recent successes and challenges since she was hired in 2011. Quintana has worked to […]

City Council seeks to move meetings to West Berkeley

Update, Sept. 15 The neighborhood meeting has been moved to Sept. 24 because of a scheduling conflict, district spokesman Mark Coplan told Berkeleyside today. Coplan explained by email that “It is a neighborhood meeting like we conduct when there is going to be construction or something that will have an impact on the surrounding area. We […]

BUSD poised to adopt tougher school enrollment policy

Berkeley school board officials are considering tougher enrollment requirements to curb illegal enrollment in the district, following the initial success of new registration requirements this year. Stricter enforcement in recent months led the Berkeley Unified School District admissions office to reject 11% of applicants from private middle schools to Berkeley High School for 2015-16 after it was determined […]

Getting low with Cornelius Boots and Joëlle Léandre

From his earliest stirrings as a musician, Cornelius Boots has always gravitated to low, rumbling tones. Since moving to the Bay Area about 12 years ago, he’s created a series of darkly dramatic ensembles, such as Edmund Wells, an unprecedented bass clarinet quartet, and the texture-minded duo Sabbaticus Rex. In recent years, Boots has focused […]

Mrs. Dalloway’s to give Berkeley teachers $100 in books

Every kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District will soon have the opportunity to buy $100 worth of books, thanks to an offer made by Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore and the best-selling author James Patterson. The bookstore at 2904 College Ave. applied for a grant from Patterson to distribute gift certificates to teachers. […]