Dr. Stuart D. Berger might have been hired to make waves in Baltimore County, but for now he enjoys a honeymoon period in his new post as superintendent of county schools.
Since taking the job three months ago, he has advanced several innovative proposals, including an all-day kindergarten, an elementary-school experiment in which letter grades are not given and an arts high school. Yet, at this early stage, many observers are waiting to see how far Dr. Berger actually goes. Will he tinker with the school system or perform a major overhaul?
Among those watching most anxiously are advocates of the minority students who constitute a fifth of the county's school enrollment of 93,000. The county chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other advocacy groups criticized the administration of Dr. Robert Y. Dubel, Dr. Berger's predecessor, for what they claimed to be insensitivity toward minority students, blacks in particular. The groups charged, for example, that black students were excessively disciplined and unfairly under-represented in gifted-and-talented programs.