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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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District is working with fiscal experts from the Alameda County Office of Education as it seeks an interim CFO to help stabilize financial practices.
May 21, 2019
West Contra Costa Unified’s superintendent and teachers’ union president work together on videos to attract families to district schools.
May 14, 2019
Oakland Unified may need $2 million more in budget cuts to give other employees same raise as teachers
Alameda County Office of Education analysis of district’s budget reveals shortfall if all unions get the same level salary increase as teachers.
April 24, 2019
Oakland Unified to receive $1.2 million from city to help reinstate cuts to Restorative Justice and Foster Youth programs, supplement library funding.
April 23, 2019
Assemblywoman has introduced a bill that would ban some inexperienced teachers from schools with a high percentage of low-income students.
April 18, 2019
Alameda County Office of Education team steps in to train district staff and help implement fiscal stability procedures as chief business officer position is eliminated.
April 4, 2019
State releases enrollment data for 2018-19, revealing five-year trends that show an increase in Latino students, but a decrease in English learners.
March 28, 2019
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.