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Study halls allow students to do work during school hours.

A built-in study hall period would help all students at BHS


A good education is a fundamental right that all students deserve. However, due to differences in race, gender, and socioeconomic status, not all students have access to the resources they need to achieve academic success.

Stacked books to represent the difference in grade reading levels between white and black students.

It's time to bridge the gap: BHS and local government must collaborate to close the opportunity gap


According to a study from Stanford University, Berkeley Unified School District has had one of the worst opportunity gaps, sometimes known as an achievement gap, in the nation since it was integrated in 1968.

Illustration of a Yellow Jacket putting out a fire consuming books.

BHS reacts to book bans across country


In Universal Ninth Grade English teacher Zia Grossman-Vendrillo’s classroom, students are learning to write their own picture books. They read examples from the library like “Julián is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love.

School board meets to discuss fiscal year


On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board convened in order to discuss the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year, along with where the district would be budget-wise.