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Peralta Community Colleges offer students free enrollment

The Peralta Colleges provide education to 21,875 students — as of Fall 2023 — within their four community colleges: Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

Matthew Laurel and AAPI Literature Class fosters community.

AAPI Literature celebrates culture and teaches new perspectives 

Berkeley High School’s Asian and Pacific Islander literature class began in the fall of the 2022-23 school year to offer students an opportunity to study AAPI experiences through literature.

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Berkeley High continues to expand ethnic studies curriculum

In October of 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 101, a historic bill which made California the first ever state to require Ethnic studies for high school graduation.

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Berkeley designated as one of forty seven Prohousing communities

California Governor Gavin Newsom is calling for an increase in affordable, sustainable housing, and an end to homelessness. With the 2019-20 budget act now in place, California is allowed to suspend the debt limit and increase discretionary spending limits.

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BHS students sit-in in protest of the mistreatment of Black students and teachers within BUSD

At the beginning of second period on Friday, May 3, 2024, approximately 150 students gathered on the senior steps in protest of the mistreatment of Black students and educators at Berkeley High School.  The sit-in was organized by two seniors: Ebony Elebeck and Raniiya Nolen.

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Berkeley Public Library hosts annual Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival hosted their Family Event at the Berkeley Public Library on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Every year, the program takes place in Downtown Berkeley over the span of two days.

Matthew Laurel and AAPI Literature Class fosters community.

 AAPI Literature celebrates culture and teaches new perspectives 

Berkeley High School’s Asian and Pacific Islander literature class began in the fall of the 2022-23 school year to offer students an opportunity to study AAPI experiences through literature.

Protesters gather outside of Sproul Hall on UC Berkeley

NEWS BRIEF: UC Berkeley activists join pro-palestinian encampment protests

Beginning late in April of 2024, University of California Berkeley students and faculty set up an encampment protest outside of Sproul Plaza, calling for UC Berkeley to commit to a financial divestment from Israel in response to the war in Gaza.

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Sophomores hold period products drive

In 2017 California passed The Menstrual Equity for All Act, requiring all California 6-12 schools to provide free menstrual products to their students.

News Brief: Biden administration announces student debt forgiveness plan 

President Biden announced on Monday, April 8, 2024, that he would be implementing a new student debt forgiveness plan that is expected to relieve over 30 million borrowers when combined with actions that the Biden-Harris administration has already implemented.

BUSD school board members and staff speak at the event.

BHS Development Group hosts annual fundraiser at Gather

On Monday, April 15, 2024, the Berkeley High School Development Group hosted one of their biggest fundraisers of the year at Gather, a restaurant in Downtown Berkeley, with about 130 people in attendance.  The BHSDG funds many programs and events at Berkeley High School, which includes free tutoring, college support services, and classroom supplies

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BHS juniors take SBAC and CAST tests

Starting on Monday April 15, 2024, juniors in high school  across California will be required to take a series of state tests to determine where extra funding is necessary for student success.

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U9 teachers educate, empower students with  Climate Conference

On Friday, April 19, 2024, Berkeley High School teachers held a Climate Conference with five  out of seven Universal Ninth Grade hives. The conference consisted of over 20 workshops with a variety of focuses.

BHS Speech and Debate wins States, Nationals in championship

The Berkeley High School Speech and Debate team set a record this April, winning both the Tournament of Champions and the California State Championships.

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BHS Students face long travels, location changes, to take SAT

With a low availability of SAT exam spots in the Bay Area, many Berkeley High School students must take their SAT exam at far away testing locations. This can be a burden to students financially and in regards to transportation.  Magnolia Hougan, a BHS junior, shared that she took her SAT exam in Los Angeles

Candidates share campaigns during weeks before BHS election

On Monday, March 25, Berkeley High School students will begin voting for Associated Student Body leadership. In preparation for the election, many candidates attended the ASB candidate meet and greet on Friday, March 8 at lunch to publicize their agendas and interact with voters.  “If I’m elected, I hope to make the student voice

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Therapy dog visits library, provides support to BHS students

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, a therapy dog named Marlowe came to the Downtown Berkeley Public Library. Marlowe, a Cavalier King Charles, is a dog with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Foundation.

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ADL files complaint against BUSD, alleges acts of antisemitism on district campuses

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Anti-Defamation League filed a federal complaint against Berkeley Unified School District alleging that BUSD has failed to address “severe and persistent” discrimination against Jewish and Israeli students in the months since the Hamas attack against Israel on October 7.