Steve and Susan Chamberlin built their fortune as a developer and an architect, and now they are spending tens of millions to improve education for kids who live within West Contra Costa’s low-performing school district — in some of the poorest areas of the county.

“We began to read about K-12 education and to educate ourselves,” Susan Chamberlin, 72, said. “And as we did, we came to realize the school district we lived in was not doing a very good job of educating the kids who live here. I would say it’s true in general and certainly true with kids of color.”

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