BSEP Facts

The Essentials for Excellence!

$25 Million per Year to our Schools = 20% of our Budget
BSEP is Tightly Woven into the Fabric of our Schools:
  • 1/3 of teachers provided through Class Size Reduction fund – $14.0M
  • School Site Discretionary Funds: about $230 per student – $2.4M
  • Technology, Professional Development, Program Evaluation – $2.3M
  • Middle School Counselors, Expanded Course Offerings, Program Support – $2.0M
  • School Libraries: staff and materials for 17 schools – $1.5M
  • Music Program: staff and instruments for all students 4th-8th grade – $1.6M
  • Public Information, Translation, School & District Committee Support – $0.5M

Read more about the purposes funded by the current BSEP Measure (Measure A of 2006).

Our Current BSEP Measure Expires in 2016:
  • 2/3 Voter Approval needed for Special Parcel Tax – Prior measures in 1986, 1994, 2004, 2006 passed by over 72%
  • Higher commercial property rate no longer permitted – BSEP loses nearly $3M unless residential rate equalizes in 2016


  • BSEP Links

  • BSEP Measure Planning 2015-16

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  • BSEP Office

    2020 Bonar Street, Room 325
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    Tel: 510.644.8717 | Fax: 510.540.5358
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Email: bsep@berkeley.net

    Natasha Beery
    Director of BSEP and Community Relations

    Valerie Tay
    Program Specialist

    Elizabeth Karam
    Senior Budget Analyst