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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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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.
December 4, 2018
Gary Yee, a former interim superintendent, principal, teacher and board member, was coaxed out of retirement to run for the board. He says he wants to be seen as a "village elder" on education issues.
November 18, 2018
School board races in Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified attract contributions
November 3, 2018
District is surveying community and board plans to hear feedback from public on proposed budget cuts at meeting next month.
October 30, 2018
District proposes cuts of $7 million to central services and $3 million to schools, along with $6.5 million in other spending reductions or savings.
October 22, 2018
District leaders hope state committee reviewing charter school laws will look at grounds for revoking charters and financial impact on districts.
October 16, 2018
SB 328 would have mandated 8:30 a.m. or later start times for most middle and high schools in the state, based on teen sleep deprivation research.
September 20, 2018
Two districts facing budget deficits get state budget lifeline, but only if they make changes.
September 18, 2018
California housing programs help teachers and other school staffers who meet income limits to purchase homes. Assistance includes down payment and closing costs.
September 12, 2018
A champion of local control, Gov. Brown must weigh whether state should require school districts to delay start times for teens. Advocates say research shows benefits of more sleep.
September 9, 2018
Some California State Board of Education members questioned Rocketship's capacity to expand, citing concerns about finances and educational programs.
September 7, 2018
California poised to help Oakland and Inglewood dig out of budget deficits but with strings attached
Proposed legislation related to districts in fiscal distress would provide state aid to cover a portion of future deficits.