Cal Prep members advocate for charter renewal

Principal Tatiana Lim from Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy at the school board meeting on October 16th, 2019. Photo by Davíd Rodríguez.

Faculty, students, and parents from Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy (Cal Prep) urged the Board of Education to renew the school’s charter at this week’s meeting of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) at Lovonya DeJean Middle School. Cal Prep is a public charter and early college secondary school in Richmond. During…

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School Board halts Mindfulness Program in Richmond schools

(Photo courtesy of Edward Booth)

The West Contra Costa County School Board voted against renewing its contract with Mindful Life Project, a local non-profit organization that teaches mindfulness practices to children in the district. More than a dozen community members showed up at the board’s meeting to advocate for the continuation of the program.

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GUEST OPINION: The Real Winners Must be Our Students

GUEST OPINION: The Richmond Confidential story on the school board election in West Contra Costa Unified School District (Pro-charter school PACs flood West Contra Costa school board elections.) leaves me puzzled. After 15 years of teaching at Cal Berkeley myself, I applaud the experience these young journalists are gaining. Still, our students and families depend…

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School Board Election 2012: Antonio Medrano

It’s 9:10 a.m. and school started two hours ago. Antonio Medrano stands in Richmond High School’s foyer giving a slightly disapproving look to three students who walk in late. “Buenos tardes,” says Medrano, smiling. “Buenos tardes,” say the kids as they sheepishly grin back. He tells them to get to class and strolls into the…

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Community schools idea growing in Richmond

School, that place all students have to go for classes, could also become the place where students and community members go for a wide range of essential services such as healthcare, academic help and job placement. The idea to turn schools into “full service community schools,” or schools that offer more services to students and…

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