World News in Review: Democracy and Protest
Hungary: The strength of Hungary’s democratic institutions has continued to backslide over the past few months, with the COVID-19 pandemic allowing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban to tighten his grip on the country.
BUSD School Board and Parents Reckon With Reopening
On April 14, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board met to discuss a range of issues, including on-campus learning at Berkeley’s elementary and middle schools, as well as the ongoing reopening process at Berkeley High School.
California Approves Historic Ethnic Studies Curriculum
On March 18, California’s State Board of Education approved an historic Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. The curriculum, which will serve as guidance for high schools across the state on how to implement Ethnic Studies education, has been developed and revised by the state board over the past four years. California’s new model curriculum will make
Teachers and Select BUSD Staff Receive Vaccinations
In recent weeks, teachers and educational staff working within Berkeley Unified School District have begun to receive vaccinations for COVID-19. This comes as a long-awaited relief for many educators, parents, and students, as it signals that BUSD’s proposed hybrid learning plan may be able to proceed as early as March 29. Most vaccine doses
Berkeley Youth Commission Considers Trigger Warning Policy
On January 11, the Berkeley Youth Commission held its monthly meeting to discuss potential policy changes to sexual harm education and classroom trigger warnings within Berkeley Unified School District. The Berkeley Youth Commission is a panel of BUSD students — currently composed only of Berkeley High School students — that develop and present
Student Supply Center Provides Resources For Students In Need
On December 4, Berkeley High School’s Associated Student Body leadership held its first-ever student supply center distribution. The event was facilitated through ASB’s Simple Supply Center, a newly-created program designed to support unhoused students at BHS by providing access to basic necessities at no cost. Items being distributed at the Simple Supply Center
How will 2020’s State Propositions Impact Berkeley?
Proposition 14: Prop. 14 would continue to fund California’s stem cell research by allowing the state to borrow up to 5.5 billion dollars. Proponents argue that investing in stem cell research could lead to breakthrough medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cancer, and strokes.
How is COVID-19 Impacting Berkeley’s Small Businesses?
On March 16, the Berkeley Public Health Department ordered residents to “shelter-in-place” in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the city’s guidelines, all businesses deemed “non-essential” were required to shut their doors indefinitely.