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EdSource to Expand Coverage of East Bay Schools

February 1, 2018

Dear EdSource Reader,

EdSource is pleased to announce that it will be expanding its coverage of East Bay school districts, with a focus on Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified, which includes the city of Richmond. The expansion is a response to the need for more reporting on Bay Area schools, which is especially acute in districts like West Contra Costa and Oakland.

EdSource will continue to focus on the entire state of California. But we are based in downtown Oakland, and have long sought to cover schools in the region where we live and work more intensively, especially because they face many of the same challenges as school districts of similar size and student populations around the state. Both districts are implementing a range of reforms that deserve more attention.

Founded in 1977, EdSource has a long history of engaging Californians on key education challenges. EdSource is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is not influenced by outside interests, or political or commercial pressures. Over a period of many decades EdSource has established a reputation for independent, objective and accurate reports and, in recent years, for its reporting through its journalism and communications arm, EdSource Today.

EdSource receives funding from over a dozen philanthropic foundations as well as many individual donors. A full list of our major donors can be found here. We are appreciative of the Chamberlin Family Foundation for helping to support our expanded East Bay coverage. As with all the grants we receive, a condition of the grant is that we remain fully independent and that we retain full control of our editorial content.

We welcome suggestions concerning issues, challenges and stories, especially in Oakland and West Contra Costa, that will be of interest to readers in the region and the state. Please contact us at, or contact our East Bay reporter Theresa Harrington directly at

Best regards,

Louis Freedberg
Executive Director

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