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.
Board member Ka’Dijah Brown emphasized that renaming of the schools is only a small step in the district’s work to address systemic racism.
A proposal before the School Board this week could bring more climate-change lessons and compost bins into schools.
Our photographer, Pete Rosos, is out and about capturing democracy in action in our city, and we’ll be updating this gallery throughout the day. Send us your best election photos too
Berkeley Unified made history by voluntarily integrating its schools 50 years ago this fall. In a special three-part series, Berkeleyside explores that history and its legacy in a very different present-day Berkeley.
Mendez, the child at the center of the case that desegregated California schools, told students her story.
In a special two-part series, Berkeleyside takes a deep dive into BUSD’s special-ed program, as the district evaluates its own model and prepares for departmental changes.
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.