Four Contra Costa County Teacher of Year finalists are named

03/30/2015 12:02 AM PDT
A committee of Contra Costa County education, business and community partners has selected four finalists from among 20 eligible K-12 district Teacher of the Year representatives as County Teacher of the Year finalists. In September, two County Teachers of the Year will be named at an awards dinner honoring all of the district representatives. 
San Jose: Pedestrian struck and killed
03/28/2015 04:35 PM PDT - Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who apparently walked into traffic on Story Road early Saturday morning and was struck and killed by an oncoming car.  

West Contra Costa school district's Bond Oversight Committee scrutinizes costs
03/27/2015 08:18 PM PDT - As the district puts the brakes on approving new construction until a new master facilities plan is developed, its independent Bond Oversight Committee is ramping up its scrutiny of spending in the $1.6 billion bond construction program. At its meeting Wednesday, the committee discussed change orders, construction standards that include extras -- such as a retractable roof on a pool facility -- and community desires, which have driven costs higher than they are in some other districts. 

Public is invited to 11th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum
03/27/2015 05:53 PM PDT - Theme for free Pleasant Hill event is 'Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate.' Additional topics to be discussed include quality early childhood education programs, including legislation and state and federal funding. 

Bunny caper at school day care center has happy ending
03/29/2015 05:40 PM PDT - Three bunnies were returned to the day care center at Valle Verde Elementary in Walnut Creek after security video revealed that some teens had hopped the fence and snatched the fluffy creatures from their hutch. 

Contra Costa Community College District to hire first risk manager
03/28/2015 05:28 PM PDT - The new person is expected to save the district far more than his or her salary by better ensuring compliance with various rules and working to save money on insurance.  

Stanford University looks into allegations of cheating by students
03/27/2015 04:50 PM PDT - Stanford University is investigating allegations of academic cheating by students during the recent winter quarter, according to University Provost John Etchemendy.  

Former Concord teacher avoids life sentence, receives 12 years for molestation
03/27/2015 09:21 PM PDT - Calling the possibility of life in prison cruel and unusual punishment for a Concord teacher's fondling of boys' chests, Judge Mary Ann O'Malley sentenced Joseph Martin to 12 years in prison on Friday, adding another roller-coaster chapter to the controversial case. 

Milpitas High senior rides horse 'Romeo' on campus for prom proposal, lands suspension
03/27/2015 08:36 AM PDT - Crush says yes; horseman will miss school for two days 

Common Core fact check: A primer on myths and reality
03/27/2015 06:31 AM PDT - ATLANTA (AP) -- In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Do the learning standards really mean the federal government is serving as a "national school board," as Sen. 

Martinez Junior High student stabbed in locker room
03/27/2015 06:16 AM PDT - An 11-year-old middle school student was airlifted to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Thursday after he was stabbed in the back by another student in the boys' locker room, police said. 

Berkeley: Student attacked during lunch break off campus
03/27/2015 06:00 AM PDT - A Berkeley High School student was attacked while off campus for lunch Thursday, school officials said. 

Solve poverty? Silicon Valley debaters offer answers
03/27/2015 10:37 AM PDT - The Silicon Valley Urban Debate League seeks to bring the benefits of competitive debate to thousands of low-income students. "Training new leaders; making smart cool" is its mantra.  

El Cerrito landmark gets new life
03/26/2015 03:17 PM PDT - The completion of the extensive modernization of the landmark building formerly known as the Chung Mei Home for Chinese Boys was celebrated Monday with a reopening event that drew about 300 guests, including El Cerrito and West Contra Costa public officials, to the site at 1800 Elm St.  

Walnut Creek: Walnut Creek Intermediate School Jazz Band selected to perform at Monterey festival
03/26/2015 11:28 AM PDT - The Walnut Creek Intermediate School Jazz Band has been selected to perform at the 11th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival from March 27-29, at the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, one of 88 groups from 11 states and Canada set to take part. 

Turmoil at El Camino High School puts pressure South San Francisco district leaders
03/26/2015 10:32 AM PDT - After five years of unsteady leadership and a rocky 2014-15 marked by the ouster of two principals, corruption allegations and dismal teacher morale, El Camino High School has arrived at a crossroads.  

Bob McGuire, longtime East Bay track coach, dies at 87
03/26/2015 09:02 AM PDT - Bob McGuire, who coached track and field, cross country at Pleasant Hill High, and later at Cal State Hayward died on Tuesday after a brief illness. 

Art and Writing Challenge for middle and high school students
03/25/2015 06:18 PM PDT - All Contra Costa County students in middle and high school are invited to enter the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center's 18th Annual Dennis Thomas Art and Writing Challenge focused on the topic: "We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Until it Comes." Students can win individual awards from $50-$500 for essays, creative writing, art, or videos. 

Science fair winners chat up Obama
03/25/2015 02:03 PM PDT - Silicon Valley students show inventions at White House Science Fair 

El Cerrito: West Contra Costa officials discuss charter school rise at forum
03/25/2015 04:12 PM PDT - West Contra Costa will have 10 charter schools at the start of the 2015-16 school year, which will be more than all the other districts in Contra Costa County combined.  

'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.