Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter at EdSource. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter. His journalism career began in 1983 at a small weekly newspaper. He has a B.A. in journalism from Long Island University and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. In addition to his Pulitzer for stories on the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, he has won more that 70 journalism awards including the (Ralph) McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage, and the Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for reporting on organized crime. He is also the author of Killing the Messenger, a book about the 2007 assassination of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey. Prior to joining EdSource in 2020, he was an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group for 20 years. He is also a continuing lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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Records show students suffered sexual advances from faculty. Some professors were suspended or fired while others resigned or retired.
August 2, 2022
LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are still trying to figure out the whereabouts of children who did not return to school after the pandemic.
July 24, 2022
The state legislature last year approved $100 million so community college districts could hire more full-time faculty. Now, state auditors will examine charges that some districts spent the money on other costs.
June 29, 2022
Eloy Ortiz Oakley says he is “leaving the system in a really good place. We have the best budget we have ever had. Our team is really strong.”
June 16, 2022
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised state budget, due this week, is expected to include $200 million in new funding for health care benefits for part-time community college instructors.
May 11, 2022
CSU makes public new harassment and abuse cases involving managers at six campuses in California in response to an EdSource records request.
May 6, 2022
A pair of bills aimed at giving California's part-time community college instructors something approaching equity with their full-time peers won easy approval in an Assembly committee, but their ultimate fate remains uncertain.
April 6, 2022
A lawsuit by two community college adjunct professors contends violations of California's minimum wage law. The case could impact colleagues statewide.
April 4, 2022
Chauncey Bailey, a journalist killed in Oakland 15 years ago for reporting on a Black Muslim cult leader, is remembered by a journalist who helped finish his work.
April 4, 2022
Many take part-time teaching jobs hoping for a tenured professor post.
February 17, 2022
2022 may be the year of health benefits for part-time faculty at California's community colleges, where adjuncts teach about half of the courses and make up about two-thirds of the faculty. Gov. Newsom is proposing more funding that could give some of these instructors coverage for the first time.
February 14, 2022
Gig by gig, adjunct faculty teach about half of the classes at California Community Colleges' 115 campuses. As the pandemic drives more students away, these critical part-timers fear losing their jobs.
February 10, 2022
Contra Costa Community College District trustees met behind closed doors Thursday on potential discipline or firing of unnamed employees.
October 1, 2021
The California Community Colleges system has been unable to provide student enrollment totals for fall 2020 or spring 2021, even before bots enrolled fake students.
September 7, 2021
Feds alert colleges nationwide to financial aid scam under investigation at California Community Colleges
Financial aid offices at "thousands" of colleges told to be on alert for scammers.