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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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
April 13, 2020
California's shut down leaves many families in need of food. Throughout the state food banks are partnering with schools to deliver meals to families as well as school children.
March 30, 2020
School districts across California that closed to stem the coronavirus are now providing special food distributions to their students.
March 18, 2020
Of the 240 teacher positions targeted to be cut, 185 will be spared.
March 14, 2020
The 350-student school in Oakland will remain closed until at least March 9 while air testing continues pending an official ruling that the air is safe for students.
March 3, 2020
Classes resume off site as air testing continues for cancer-causing chemical in high school in Oakland
The school remained closed Monday as the California Department of Toxic Substances Control continued to test the air in the campus.
February 24, 2020
The toxic cancer-causing chemical trichloroethylene — or TCE — was found at McClymonds High School in West Oakland.