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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School districts seeing major enrollment and attendance drops fear substantial funding cuts in the 2022-23 school year.
October 18, 2021
Nystrom Elementary School in Richmond is revamping its literacy program this year with a greater emphasis on phonics both in lessons and one-on-one intervention, as well as on classroom discussion and grade-level, culturally relevant texts.
October 4, 2021
Renowned civil rights activist and National Park ranger Betty Reid Soskin spent her 100th birthday at an El Sobrante middle school that renamed itself after her.
September 22, 2021
State officials eye legislation aimed at addressing the longstanding issue of struggling early readers.
September 22, 2021
West Contra Costa Unified and Oakland Unified poised to be first Northern California districts to mandate student vaccinations
West Contra Costa and Oakland Unified will follow Culver City Unified, L.A. Unified in requiring students 12 and up to get vaccinated to attend in person.
September 15, 2021
Teachers talk about how they are building relationships, addressing technology burnout and teaching social-emotional learning as campuses reopen.
September 1, 2021
Teachers from West Contra Costa Unified will be reaching out to families one-on-one to address anxieties and ask about hopes for the next year.
August 17, 2021
West Contra Costa Unified and other districts are emphasizing social and emotional learning and check-ins as students return to campus.
August 13, 2021
Teachers' and classified staff unions support governor's decision to require vaccinations or regular testing for school employees.
August 11, 2021
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.