Education

Fourth graders from Verde Elementary School used their grant to buy soccer nets to inspire their school to be more active (photo courtesy of Dave Clark)

The Potential Project gives students a voice to help create solutions

Students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District can use their ideas to improve their school with the help of The Potential Project. The program gives students a voice in the district’s planning process,...
Jose Luis Gomez teaches a transitional bilingual second grade class at Bayview Elementary in San Pablo. He's one of the teachers recruited from Mexico and Spain.

Richmond schools adapt to growing need for bilingual teachers

Richmond and surrounding cities have not escaped the teacher shortage facing the rest of California, but the problem here is different than in many other school districts: a shortage of bilingual teachers. In order to...
City Council members voted on November 17 to include all Richmond students in the Richmond Promise, a scholarship program to be funded by Chevron. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

New scholarship helps Richmond college students

The Richmond City Council voted Tuesday evening to include all of Richmond's students in a new college scholarship program. Students who earn the scholarship will receive $1,500 per year, starting with high school graduates in...
The purpose of the program is not for students to learn how to read or write fluently in both languages, but for them to expand their oral vocabulary and recognize words. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

El Nuevo Mundo reflects bilingualism on the rise in Richmond

International Child Resource Institute’s El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center offers bilingual development programs in Spanish and English, and multicultural learning experiences in an environment catered to children, ages 3 to 5, of all ethnic backgrounds.
Charter school students, parents and teachers attended this week's City Council meeting in support of the Richmond Promise being extended to benefit charter school students. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

Richmond Promise eligibility still on hold

Following a five hour long meeting Tuesday night, the Richmond City Council delayed voting on who to make eligible for the Richmond Promise scholarship program and how much money students would receive. Councilmembers had trouble...
Contra Costa County held its first parent truancy court on Friday, October 16. (Photo by Marylee Williams)

Parents of truant students called to court in Contra Costa County

Six families with elementary and middle school-aged children sat in the gallery of Department 5 at the Contra Costa County Courthouse. They were called to appear at 10 a.m. Judge Rebecca Hardie wouldn’t emerge for...
Parents, students and teachers from Richmond-area charter schools want the mayor and other councilmembers to include charter school students in the Richmond Promise scholarship program.

Charter school community rallies for inclusion in scholarship program

Parents, students and teachers from Richmond-area charter schools rallied in front of Mayor Tom Butt's office on Wednesday demanding the mayor and other councilmembers extend eligibility for a $35 million college scholarship program to charter...