Berkeley has some of the best public schools in the state. At all levels, however, a significant achievement gap remains for our African-American and Latino students and those from low-income families.
Mayor Arreguin is working to close these educational disparities by prioritizing the City’s role in the Vision 2020 Initiative, whose aim is to create equitable outcomes.
The Mayor also hopes to realize a universal early childhood education program, increase youth access to city recreation opportunities, and work with BUSD to expand classroom facilities. As one of the two councilmembers on the 2x2 Committee, the Mayor collaborates with BUSD on issues ranging from parking, to homelessness, to establishing Berkeley as a Sanctuary City.
Vision 2020 Initiative
Mayor Arreguin has prioritized the Vision 2020 Initiative's goals, which include ensuring all children enter kindergarten ready to learn, supporting universal reading proficiency, improving attendance, and readying high school students for college and career paths.
The Berkeley Promise
Mayor Arreguin has also continued the partnership forming the Berkeley Promise initiative, working with BUSD, Berkeley City College and the Berkeley Community Fund to support low-income and first-generation college students. From high school into college, the Berkeley Promise provides opportunities like test prep, internships, support for financial aid and the Dream Act, one-on-one mentoring, guaranteed transfer into CSUs with a good GPA, and support for transferring to UCs.
Across the country, millions of young adults are left without the opportunities to connect to economically viable, mainstream jobs, despite massive projected shortages of qualified workers over the next decade. We know that supporting Berkeley’s students can’t stop when they complete their educations. That is why the Mayor’s office is working to increase opportunities for pathways to community college and trade schools, and bolster youth workforce development.