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Stone soup for small schools

By Hank Sims Daily Planet staff
Monday October 29, 2001

A coalition of parents, students and Berkeley High teachers launched the next phase of the movement to dramatically reorganize Berkeley High School on Saturday. 

The coalition, led in part by Parents of Children of African Descent, a community group that pioneered the short-lived REBOUND! program, met with elected officials and interested community members at Berkeley Alternative High School for a “stone soup” luncheon and a presentation on the coalition’s new goals. 

The goal of the coalition is to transform Berkeley High into eight to 12 small schools, which would continue to meet on the Berkeley High campus but would be organized and administered autonomously, each with its own curricular emphasis and teaching strategy. 

A few “small learning communities,” including the Communication Arts and Sciences program, the Computer Academy and the Biotechnology program,