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Ali Tadayon covered the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Emeryville, El Cerrito and San Pablo for the Bay Area News Group prior to joining Edsource at the start of 2020 as a Journalism Resident. 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 is a graduate of California public schools, and holds a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Though it’s unclear when in-person instruction will resume, West Contra Costa Unified is creating a “virtual academy” option for the fall.
January 22, 2021
School districts and cities are looking to creating their own local Wifi networks as a long term solution to the digital divide, and an alternative to hotspots.
January 4, 2021
Superintendent Matthew Duffy resigns effective next June just days after a new majority is elected to the school board.
November 5, 2020
California school districts revert to A-F grades this fall — with more flexibility for some students
California school districts have for the most part resumed A-F grading for the 2020-2021 school year, despite students learning from home.
November 3, 2020
The West Contra Costa Unified School District is expected to break even this year after making around $30 million in ongoing budget cuts and dipping into its reserves and retiree benefits trust. Though the district is in a better financial position than it was, more cuts could be on the horizon in the next three years as the national recession worsens.
September 23, 2020
The US Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it will allow schools to offer free grab-and-go meals to any student, regardless of eligibility, as they did over the summer.
August 31, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has returned to its pre-Covid rules of free meals only to students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals, leaving out those who relied on free grab-and-go meals over the summer.
August 27, 2020
The district plans to take a more holistic approach to student safety by relying less on law enforcement for non-serious incidents.
August 5, 2020
High School fall sports is on hold in California until at least December. When sports resume, there will likely be a two-season system combining winter and spring sports.
July 20, 2020
West Contra Costa Unified in Richmond in the San Francisco Bay Area will open virtually for all students followed by "student support hubs" to direct help including how to use distance learning at home.
July 13, 2020
The killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police has sparked discussion nationwide. In the San Francisco Bay Area, teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District gave students opportunities to share their thoughts.
June 5, 2020
With funding shortfalls on the horizon and higher costs due to the pandemic, district officials fear that more difficult choices are ahead.
May 28, 2020
The state does not require taking attendance while campuses are closed, but teachers are finding innovative ways to stay in touch with students.
May 11, 2020
Distance learning is challenging school districts across California to reconfigure their grading systems. While many are going with a no-harm approach so students don't receive failing grades, how they are doing it varies
April 21, 2020
West Contra Costa Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay area offers a look at how one California district is setting up distance learning with expectations for teachers and students