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Beyond the Buses

Exactly 50 years ago, Berkeley Unified integrated all its elementary schools, taking an unprecedented approach. Here, in a special three-part series, is that history, its legacy and the equity issues that remain unsolved.

A radical decision, an unfinished legacy

Berkeley Unified made history by voluntarily integrating its schools 50 years ago this fall. In a special three-part series, Berkeleyside explores that history and its legacy in a very different present-day Berkeley.

All together now

While the universal ninth grade is new, efforts to “redesign” Berkeley High in the name of equity are not. In a special three-part series, Berkeleyside examines the then and now.

A teacher who looks like me

50 years ago Berkeley voluntarily integrated its schools. Even back then the district recognized that newly diverse classrooms demanded a diverse teaching force. In Part 3 of our deep dive we look at the situation today.

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