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Theresa covers Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified, among other topics. She came to EdSource from the Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group, where she covered regional, statewide and national education issues. She has been recognized with multiple awards for her education reporting by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and the California Teachers Association among others. She began her career as a producer managing children’s and other educational programming and print outreach for KQED. Theresa is an alumna of San Francisco State University where she received a B.A. degree in broadcast communications.
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California school district among latest to change board elections to better reflect diversity of community
West Contra Costa Unified is one of the latest California school districts to agree to switch from at-large to by-district elections in 2020. The goal is to have the board reflect the community's diversity.
March 25, 2019
Board member Jody London said the district could not give teachers the raises it agreed to in settling the recent strike without making the cuts.
March 4, 2019
School boards in West Contra Costa Unified, Los Angeles Unified and Oakland Unified have all expressed concerns about the growth of charter schools.
February 28, 2019
District increased salary hike offer, but teachers' union and supporters are holding out. Demands include higher raises, smaller classes and student resources.
February 27, 2019
Weekend talks broke off after union held fast to its demands. The district canceled a Monday night board meeting to focus on negotiations.
February 25, 2019
As teachers are joined by parents, students and community members on picket lines, the school board faces pressure to settle with teachers and put students first when making budget cuts for next year.
February 21, 2019
For months the district warned it needed to cut $30 million from its 2019-20 budget. When a plan to cut a lower amount came before them, the board put off a vote amid complaints that members didn't know how the cuts would impact students and schools. About 100 staffers, most from the central office, are slated to lose their jobs.
February 12, 2019
Oakland teachers voted overwhelmingly to support a strike if their union can't negotiate a new contract. They rallied Tuesday outside Oakland city hall and won support from the city council which has no authority to settle the contract dispute with the Oakland Unified School District. A strike can not legally occur until after Feb. 15 when a neutral fact-finding report is expected to be issued.
February 5, 2019
The Oakland school board voted Monday to close the first of up to 24 schools in the next five years due to budget constraints and low enrollment.
January 29, 2019
West Contra Costa Unified schools and charter schools participate together in first-ever education fair to help educate parents about their options.
January 29, 2019
Oakland Unified faces a budget deficit, in part because students are choosing charter and private schools. The district enrolls only 58 percent of the nearly 63,000 school-age children who live in Oakland.
January 24, 2019
Oakland Unified looks to higher teacher pay to improve student learning as teachers threaten to strike
Teachers' union has threatened to strike after rejecting the district's offer of a 5 percent salary increase. Both sides must first participate in a fact-finding with a three-member independent panel.
January 13, 2019
Oakland Unified teachers union president says educators are “fed up” with low salaries and poor working conditions.
December 20, 2018
After fact finder agrees with district's salary offer, union accuses district of failing to bargain in good faith and refuses further talks.
December 20, 2018
The West Contra Costa Unified School Board for the first time in its history has a Latina majority who will now join in the tough task of making $12 million in budget cuts to help pay for salary increases for teachers and other employees in a region with soaring housing costs.