Ruth Acty taught in Berkeley Unified School District for 50 years, and was a key part of efforts to integrate school staff in the early 1940s.
The Berkeley School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to rename the school.
The School Board could vote as soon as Wednesday to replace LeConte with “Sylvia Mendez” — or something else.
Suggestions for LeConte’s new name include civil-rights icons, Berkeley school figures and a Spanish word. You can vote for your favorite on an unofficial Berkeleyside reader poll!
A parent says his kid was punished with a weighted vest. BUSD says it’s a therapeutic tool. How much permission is needed when schools want to address what they see as kids’ needs?
A descendant of Joseph LeConte’s slaves said she was “sick to her stomach” to see schools named after the conservationist.
Parents and district staffers say conservationist Joseph LeConte, who preached the “evolutionary” benefits of slavery, is not an appropriate namesake for a school.
The California Dairy Council’s Mobile Dairy Classroom program visited Berkeley’s LeConte Elementary School last week.