School considers cuts to science labs to focus on achievement gap

01/24/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Some parents and educators are protesting a plan by officials at California's Berkeley High School to eliminate a number of advanced science labs -- attended primarily by white students -- to help fund programs for struggling minority students. The science courses helped students achieve high passing rates for Advanced Placement exams last year, but some say funding for the labs are needed to help narrow a wide achievement gap -- just 30.8% of Berkeley High's black students are proficient in English, compared with more than 90% of white students.

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