ABC News and the East Bay Express (a San Francisco Bay Area weekly) reported today that the Berkeley Unified School District is considering dumping five science teachers and eliminating science labs. Why?
This from the East Bay Express article:
"...to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse. Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous."