As BUSD finalizes its 2017-18 budget, the district is already looking at potential cuts for 2018-19 to prevent deficit spending.
Since 1986, Berkeley public schools have benefited from smaller class sizes, libraries, music and arts instruction thanks to the infusion of funds from the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP). The parcel tax has been renewed with voter support in 1994, 2004 and 2006. If past elections are any guide, Measure E1 to renew BSEP should pass the two-thirds majority hurdle with ease at next Tuesday’s election.
Berkeley has long been recognized for its diversity and openness to differences, intellectual curiosity and civic engagement.
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.
Berkeley Schools’ local parcel tax — BSEP — which provides 20% of the school district’s budget, will be on the ballot this November for the first approval in 10 years. The district is organizing a series of “community conversations” about BSEP starting tonight, Thursday, to engage and inform parents. (Scroll down for details.)
Berkeley could get a new elementary school in 2018 to help reduce and even out school population sizes around the district, as well as other possible benefits, according to a staff report prepared for the Feb. 24 School Board meeting.
By Karen Laws