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 districts are using increased state and local funding to improve the free school meals offered to all students
August 16, 2022
Research shows students in elementary school are further along on the road to learning recovery than middle school students, but both groups are several years away from a full academic recovery.
July 26, 2022
Tight deadlines and rigid qualifications were among the concerns raised by supporters of the state's multi-year community schools initiative
June 17, 2022
Hundreds of campuses are slated to become community schools over the next five years; Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration urges more funding to meet the demand
June 10, 2022
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond says phonics is key to early literacy, but he wants districts to be able to choose their reading curriculum.
June 3, 2022
While the Bay Area had modest school enrollment growth over the past 20 years, suburban districts saw an influx of new students while city districts lost thousands as families sought affordable housing.
May 9, 2022
Educators and advocates at an EdSource roundtable urged state leaders to expand research-based teacher training on early literacy and "take responsibility" for California's literacy crisis.
April 29, 2022
State education leaders put their support behind Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to pay for literacy coaches and specialists at schools with low reading scores.
March 31, 2022
Nystrom Elementary ditched a popular, yet criticized curriculum and put a greater focus on phonics to improve students' reading skills.
March 8, 2022
Students, teachers and parents vow to fight the closures, rally state to forgive Oakland Unified's debt
February 9, 2022
Due to the omicron variant's higher transmissibility, medical experts are recommending avoiding cloth masks and surgical masks in favor of higher-quality KN95 or KF94 masks.
January 31, 2022
California districts are using pathway programs to hire more Black teachers and taking other steps to retain them.
January 21, 2022
Though experts say higher-quality masks are crucial to preventing the spread of the Omicron variant, few districts are providing those masks to students leaving parents looking for them.
January 20, 2022
Districts opted to push back their vaccine mandate deadlines rather than accommodate thousands of independent study transfer students.
December 17, 2021
California school districts with strained independent study programs could be scrambling to find enough teachers for unvaccinated students.