Education

West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board candidates are ready for the polls this Nov. 4th. From left to right, top to bottom: Liz Block, Madeline Kronberg, Raquel Donoso, Chester Stevens, Ayana Kirkland Young, Elaine Merriweather, Valerie Cuevas, Peter Chau, Otheree Chrisitan, Mister Phillips. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board candidates: Where they stand

West Contra Costa Unified School board candidates share last comments before Nov. 4th elections.
The Pro-Charter PACs, Education Matters and California Charter Schools Association, have spent over $350,000 on this year’s school board election.

Pro-charter school PACs flood West Contra Costa school board elections with spending

Political Action Committees (PACs) advocating for charter schools have spent more than $350,000 to date in the West Contra Costa County school board race, prompting protests from parents concerned that charter schools siphon funding away...
Mitch Richmond poses with students from Richmond College Prep at the newly opened basketball court in Coronado. The former NBA player will give his name to the basketball court as a support to Richmond youth. (Photo by Alice Kantor)

The Golden State Warriors unveil a renovated basketball court in Richmond

Mitch Richmond, former Golden State Warrior player and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, came to the unveiling of the new basketball court in Coronado to lend his name and support to Richmond youth.
Richmond High School football coach Tashaka Merriweather instituted a rigorous tutoring and mentoring program for his team after early problems losing players to grades. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson.)

The long game: Tutoring program helps Richmond players prepare for life after football

Using a tough-love approach, the team's football coach and hard-boiled tutor insist players have a plan for their studies and their future.
Forum participants raise their hands for silence to begin the next round of forum questions. Photo by Candese Charles.

As school board election nears, Richmond youth organize their own candidate forum

The smell of salad dressing and pasta hung in the air Thursday night as voices and laughter filled the basement of Living Hope Neighborhood Church. There, about 150 students, parents, residents, and community organization representatives...
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Richmond police commissioner may call for surveys of high school students on relations with police

The Richmond Police Department is interested in having all high school students in the city take an anonymous survey in which they could express their thoughts and feelings about local police.
This chart shows the recommended courses to meet UC and CSU admission eligibility requirements

Majority of Richmond graduates don’t meet admission requirements for state’s public universities

Nearly 1,700 students graduated in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) during the 2012-13 school year, but less than half of them had the requirements necessary to get into a school within the...
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Little Leaders: Kennedy High teacher inspires cheer team to build trust, sisterhood

At this month’s annual Kennedy – Richmond football game, the cheerleaders had as many supporters in the stands as the football players, and they love the spotlight. “Oh my god, she’s taking pictures of us!”...
Stomper, the Oakland A's mascot, visits Kelly Fimbres' second grade class
at Peres Elementary School to deliver donated classroom supplies. (Photo
courtesy Edelman/Chevron)

Chevron funds classroom projects in annual Fuel Your School program

Kelly Fimbres' students were thrilled with Stomper, the Oakland A's mascot who arrived in an oversized Chevron car to help deliver the goods.
Richmond High students begin their afternoon at SEAYL with snacks and icebreakers. (Photo by: Zainab Khan)

Little Leaders: Group provides after-school safe space for youth of color

Tucked away in the back corner of Richmond’s Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) center sits a hand-painted poster that reads “SEAYL IS IN.”
Kennedy High School players celebrate after their 35-6 victory over Richmond High School on Friday, Oct. 10. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

In annual cross-town rivalry, Kennedy Eagles best Richmond High Oilers

The Kennedy Eagles use a late interception to break open a heated contest against cross-town rivals Richmond High for a 35-6 victory.