BUSD Parents opposed to the Nov. 2008 Recommendations for Berkeley High School Redesign sign now

Regarding the вRecommendations for Berkeley High School Redesignв as drafted by the Berkeley High School Design Committee (selected and appointed by principal Jim Slemp) and presented to the BHS community in November 2008 as an undated Memorandum,

We, the undersigned parents and guardians of students in the Berkeley Unified School District care deeply about academic achievement for all BHS students, and we care about closing the achievement gap. But we do not support the plan described in this Memorandum that was presented to the Berkeley High School Governance Council in November 2008.

In the вRecommendations for Berkeley High School Redesign,в in-class learning time was reduced by 22-26\% (sources disagree on the correct number) and we feel that this is too severe a drop in academic class time. If advisories are to be included in the school day of BHS students, then we ask that no more than 6\% of the time that students now spend in class be sacrificed to this goal. We do not favor eliminating zero and 7th period, or having late start days four times per month. In simple terms, we do not favor less in-class instruction time for the students of Berkeley High School.

We do not support a plan in which our childrenвs in-class learning time is significantly reduced, and we do not see how having less school will help any student achieve greater academic success. Many of us may have positive and constructive suggestions for plans that we would approve of, but here we simply wish to state that this plan is unacceptable.

We strongly urge the BHSGC (Berkeley High School Governance Council) and the Berkeley School Board to reject this proposed plan. At the two community forums that were held to discuss this matter, many similar concerns were voiced. These changes will affect Berkeley High for years to come. We urge you to reject the plan as it now stands.

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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2010 this is an undue burden and not a proven fix at a terrible time
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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2009 Additional Student's graduation year 2013 Let's slow down and consider all our options before moving forward too much. Support the PTSA approach.
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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2010 Additional Student's graduation year 2011 Not enough seat time for IB diploma or certificates!
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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2011 Additional Student's graduation year 2015 We strongly disagree with the proposal as it stands.
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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2012 Additional Student's graduation year 2014 Why not a pilot program to test whether the diluted education proposed in the redesign does anything positive? Call it a small school!
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    Student's graduation year (2009, 2010, 2011, etc.) 2006 Additional Student's graduation year 2016 Struggling students need more structure, not less. Struggling students also need more instructional time, not less. And they should be able to repeat a cla
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