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 principal did it. The janitor did it. The students did it. At 10:20 a.m. last Thursday, everyone at LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. They dropped under the nearest table, covered their heads, and held on tight.
The California Dairy Council's Mobile Dairy Classroom program visited Berkeley's LeConte Elementary School last week.
Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club.
LeConte Elementary School was put on lockdown at 2:15 p.m. today after the Berkeley police responded to an attempted robbery in the school’s neighborhood where a gun was fired.
New principal appointments have been made for Berkeley’s LeConte and Oxford elementary schools.
The discovery on Saturday of a stash of school records in a dumpster on the Le Conte Elementary School playground has prompted the Berkeley Unified School District to initiate an investigation into how school documents are stored and discarded.
When Alicia Abramson took her kids to play on the Le Conte playground on Saturday morning, she discovered something unusual. “I came across a few boxes of school records that the school appears to be dumping. In addition to being a strange place to dispose of the records, these records are quite old … some of them go back to the 1920s through the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s,” she writes.
In the course of her travels researching her new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Sharon Gamson Danks was struck by two things: First, the United States is a world leader in school food gardens and Berkeley is firmly at the epicenter of that movement.
Students in Berkeley schools dropped all their work this morning to stop… and listen to a community member read.