Tag Archives: West Contra Costa Unified School District

Parents in rapt attention at the 11th annual Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference held at Lovonya DeJean Middle School last Saturday. Photo by Grace Oyenubi.

County conference gives parents tips to help students

More than two hundred parents attended the 11th annual Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference held at Lovonya DeJean Middle School last Saturday. The annual conference offers parents a range of guidance, information and advice.
Richmond Residents asking school board to stop sale of Adams Middle School to Caliber Schools. Photo by Juan Reardon

District won’t sell Richmond middle school to charter organization

The Board of Education of the West Contra Costa Unified School District has stopped the sale of Adams Middle School to Caliber Schools for $60,000.
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...

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...

Parents weigh in on school district spending

West Contra Costa Unified School District holds meetings to hear community input on how the district should allocate $200 million in bond authority to facility construction at old and new school.
Trustee Val Cuevas speaks about closing achievement gaps at a school board meeting on October 7. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

School board reflects on racial, economic disparities in new state test scores

West Contra Costa County school trustees confronted new test scores Wednesday showing a persistent achievement gap by race, income and language status among students. Trustees also took an important though preliminary step toward investigating allegations...
Teachers spoke at the WCCUSD School Board meeting on Sept. 16 to demand better pay increases. (Photo by Marylee Williams)

West Contra Costa school district, teachers to continue salary negotiations

West Contra Costa school officials and the local teachers union said Thursday they intend to resume bargaining in a few weeks after teachers rejected a proposed settlement while demanding bigger pay increases.
This was the first year students in California were tested on the new Common Core standards. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

Tougher standardized testing in schools highlights poor results in district

Student scores from a new statewide test illustrate the immense challenge West Contra Costa County schools face when trying to meet minimum standards under Common Core. Across the state, fewer students met the standards of...

Dover Elementary educator Maribel Lopez named teacher of the year

It’s an early Thursday morning and Maribel Lopez is about to read Eric Carle’s “The Tiny Seed” to her bilingual second grade class as they learn about a plant’s growth cycle. The students are all...