Emma Gallegos covers equity in education and is based in the Central Valley. Emma has spent more than a decade in journalism, having worked at the Pasadena Star-News, LAist and Gothamist before returning to the Central Valley, where she grew up. Emma also spent a few valuable years in the classroom as a substitute teacher in the Bakersfield City School District. She also comes from a family of educators: her mom is a retired district administrator and her father was a superintendent and professor. Most recently, Emma worked at her hometown paper, The Bakersfield Californian, covering the Kern County education beat. She lives in Bakersfield.
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Black leaders are criticizing a compromise plan by Gov. Newsom as not doing enough to help close the achievement gap of Black students.
January 24, 2023
The new University Center, expected to open in 2027, will represent a major expansion of university-level offerings for Tulare and Kings counties — even if it is not a full CSU campus.
January 5, 2023
Dual enrollment has a large presence in rural, Latino communities of Kern County.
November 30, 2022
Many classes and programs disrupted across the ten-campus system as strike enters second day.
November 15, 2022
Student representatives from across California made a series of policy and curriculum recommendations during a presentation to the State Board of Education on Wednesday morning.
November 2, 2022
A new report outlines the way search for college and university leaders favors white men and offers solutions. It comes at a critical time when top positions are open at the helm of CSU and California Community Colleges and colleges around the state.
October 31, 2022
Pandemic impacts university's 2022 completions. Campus closures may have hurt some graduation plans.
October 28, 2022
Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in admissions could affect California private colleges
California banned affirmative action in public higher education in 1996, but a case to be heard Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court could affect in-state private colleges and students seeking to attend college in other states.
October 25, 2022
College matriculation declines nationwide are steeper at four-year schools than at community colleges.
October 20, 2022
Central Valley school districts are canceling events amid social media posts threatening violence in the community that have made the school communities uneasy.
October 13, 2022
Kenny Williams, McFarland police chief and city manager, said the Police Department is in dire need of space and modernization: “There is no explanation that anyone can give me that providing library service is more important than providing basic public safety service to the community."
September 29, 2022
California public libraries depend on local funding, creating wide disparities among communities across the state.
September 20, 2022
Tapping federal Covid money and other local funds, Kern County rejected a controversial plan to convert the McFarland library in the small San Joaquin Valley town into a police station. The library is expanding its hours from two to five days.
September 9, 2022
Annual California survey of voters and parents describes top education issues.
August 23, 2022
School districts and charter schools can apply for grants, but so will regional occupational centers or a community college working in concert with local K-12 schools.