Op-Ed: Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families

As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.

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‘Kids First’ — Well Intentioned But Where’s the Money?

Because there is no funding source other than the general fund, Kids First would simply take funding away from existing City programs and transfer the money to non-profits, probably resulting in City staff layoffs. Funds would be taken away from unionized public employees and go to non-union, private non-profits.

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What an Eviction Does to a Family

When my mom told me she had gotten an eviction notice, I was sad. Not because I was going to lose the house I lived in, but because my single, pregnant mom would have to work even harder than she already did.

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My Teacher Sparked a Lifelong Interest in Literature

On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.

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Creating Media That Reflects Our Identities

The California Endowment gave me and 11 other youth journalists the opportunity to attend the 18th annual Allied Media Conference (AMC) in Detroit in June. The conference brought together over 1,000 media makers with backgrounds in technology, data visualization, journalism, photography, dance, activism, and much more.

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