Ali Tadayon covers West Contra Costa Unified School District and other K-12 issues for EdSource. Prior to joining EdSource at the start of 2020 as a Journalism Resident, he covered the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Emeryville, El Cerrito and San Pablo for the Bay Area News Group. Tadayon cut his teeth as a crime reporter at the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, CA and the Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His work has earned several awards, including two John Swett Awards from the California Teachers Association for coverage of the Oakland Unified School District. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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California will launch a universal school meals program in the 2022-23 school year, ensuring all students have access to stigma-free food.
July 27, 2021
K-12 districts have guidance on how to safely reopen campuses when California schools resume in the fall. Here's what you need to know.
July 23, 2021
A West Contra Costa Unified middle school is moving to change its name after taking a critical look at its namesake — a Franciscan missionary.
June 21, 2021
Learn more about college savings accounts and state and local proposals to start them for low-income youth.
June 4, 2021
Experts say college savings account programs, like the one proposed by Gov. Newsom for low-income students, can get families to look forward to college for their children.
May 20, 2021
District officials approved an “action statement” to reassure doubtful families that all students will be allowed back to campuses next school year.
April 30, 2021
Kenneth “Chris” Hurst brings 23 years of experience, having worked as a teacher, principal, associate superintendent and superintendent.
April 23, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday reiterated his call for schools to reopen for full-time in-person instruction in the fall.
April 14, 2021
A Senate bill that's gaining traction could lead to free school meals for all California K-12 students starting 2022-23.
April 8, 2021
State officials plan to retire the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” color-coded tier system on June 15, and said they expect full-time in-person instruction in the fall.
April 6, 2021
West Contra Costa Unified students will be able to return to the classroom April 19 for limited in-person options following weeks of intense labor negotiations.
April 5, 2021
Learn more about the state's tiered system of assessing coronavirus risk and how it relates to schools.
April 4, 2021
A local parent group is pushing back against a tentative agreement reached Friday between West Contra Costa Unified and its employee unions to offer limited in-person instruction beginning April 19. The group is considering suing the district if it doesn't return to full in-person instruction.
March 23, 2021
West Contra Costa Unified has committed to an in-person summer school program in an effort to reduce learning loss over the past year.