Ally Markovich, Berkeleyside

Ally Markovich


Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Ally:

A changing Berkeley: 6 maps show how the past decade has remade the city

From population to housing to racial diversity, these maps show how and where Berkeley has changed the most over the last decade. → Read More

Added 7th period at Longfellow Middle School aims to address inequity

Smaller classes and more electives are also in store, but the community remains divided on how best to address persistent disparities. → Read More

School board surprised by recommendation to expand police presence in Berkeley high schools

School resource officer program wins over committee but Berkeley school board still questions if police are needed to keep schools safe. → Read More

Individual at Berkeley High School tests positive for COVID-19

An individual at BHS tested positive for COVID-19 the same week that more students returned to campus for hybrid learning. → Read More

Berkeley students in grades 3-8 return in person to school

These Berkeley students join kids in TK-2, who returned to school in person in late March. High school students are still learning remotely. → Read More

Berkeley students organize rallies to fight against Asian American hate

The teenage students hope to raise awareness about hate and violence toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. → Read More

Berkeley middle and high school students will soon have in-person classes

Berkeley teachers and admiinistrators agreed on a plan for middle and high school students to return to campus three to four hours each week. → Read More

First-day jitters, songs and celebratory pancakes: A taste of Berkeley's back-to-school day

What was back-to school-day like today? We followed three students and two teachers as many elementary students went back onto campuses after the long months of lockdown. → Read More

Most Berkeley elementary students will go back to school in-person

While most will return, white families are opting for in-person instruction at higher rates than Black and Latinix families. → Read More

‘2D pixels on my screen are not enough’: Berkeley High students weigh in on reopening

Families, the district and teachers have made their views known about getting back to school. We asked high-school students what they think. → Read More

Call-out: Share your back-to-school experience with

Are you a BUSD student or teacher heading back to classrooms on March 29? Be part of our back-to-school coverage! → Read More

As Berkeley teachers get vaccinated, they reflect on returning to classrooms

Teachers are looking forward to seeing students again in person, but there are lingering safety concerns and the rhetoric of the reopening debate has taken its toll. → Read More

Berkeley parents march to reopen middle, high school five days a week

On the one-year anniversary of the school shutdown, about 150 parents and kids rallied to fully reopen schools, including Berkeley High. → Read More

Women’s Student Union at Berkeley High sues Dept. of Ed to overturn Betsy DeVos Title IX changes

The lawsuit aims to reinstate Title IX protections across the country that have been gutted by the previous administration. → Read More

Berkeley elementary schools will reopen for in-person classes

The plan is a major shift from the district’s previous offer of hybrid learning for all students, and comes after months of negotiations and rising pressure from parents. → Read More

Berkeley's schools are closed. Piedmont's are open. Why?

Education during COVID-19 looks different depending on the city. We look at Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Piedmont and Mill Valley. → Read More

Berkeley school district to build affordable homes for teachers and staff

The plan is to construct 100 affordable homes for teachers and staff on the parking lot of the Berkeley Adult School. → Read More

Berkeley announces tentative plan to reopen schools this spring

Teachers must get vaccinated first, but this is first concrete step to reopen schools in Berkeley. → Read More

Berkeley Unified is now offering free internet for eligible students

The Berkeley school district is pairing up with Sonic to provide free internet access to students during remote learning. → Read More

13 stories about how the coronavirus changes lives in Berkeley

Whether becoming sick, losing loved ones, or learning to live under quarantine, this past year has brought unprecedented challenges. → Read More