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Posted inSchools

Superintendent Huyett issues statement on BHS science lab debate

William Huyett, Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent, this morning issued a statement to parents on the Berkeley High science/equity debate. There are two important items in the statement. First, Huyett writes that the proposal is expected to come before the BUSD Board of Directors on February 3. BHS Principal Jim Slemp has been asserting throughout […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

Listen live now to BHS science flap on KQED

The Forum program which covers the Berkeley High School controversy is beginning now. Michael Krasny’s guests are Jill Tucker, education writer for The San Francisco Chronicle; Karen Hemphill, president of the BUSD board; Mardi Sicular-Mertens, senior member of the BHS science department; and Peggy Scott, parent representative on the BHS governance council. You can listen […]

Posted inEvents, Schools

Next on the BHS agenda: Meeting superintendent

The controversy over the proposed elimination of 0 and 7th period science labs at Berkeley High has brought the school’s governance issues into the spotlight. Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Bill Huyett will attend a meeting with parents next Tuesday, January 19, to both explain his views and to solicit feedback. Here’s the announcement from […]

Posted inSchools

Science and equity: BHS parents weigh in

The controversy continues over Berkeley High School principal Jim Slemp’s proposal to eliminate before- and after-school time for science labs in order to direct funding towards “equity grants” aimed at reducing the achievement gap in the school. See Berkeleyside’s original post on this issue here and an open letter on the subject from Priscilla Myrick, a former BHS Governance Council parent […]

Posted inOpinion, Schools

Op-Ed: Science at BHS, an open letter

Photo/Jeremy FranklinWe wrote last week about the debate over science and the achievement gap at Berkeley High School. There’s a stream of comments on that earlier post that are well worth reading, if you’re concerned about the issue. Priscilla Myrick, a former Berkeley High School Governance Council parent representative and mother of two BHS graduates, […]