Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help Us Save Fresno Unified!

Save Fresno Unified is a partnership between Fresno Citizens for Good Government and the citizen advisory group who produced the “Choosing our Future” report. " Choosing our Future" is a plan to turn Fresno Unified from one of the worst school districts in the nation to what we hope will become one of the best. Nothing is more important to the future prosperity of our community. Our purpose is to monitor progress of the District and to encourage community support for this ambitious and vitally important turn-around effort.

Fresno Unified School District serves more than 73,000 students from preschool to grade 12. It is the 4rth largest district in California.

29.6% of the District's students are English learners. 79.9% are eligible for free or reduced cost meals. 8,000 students receive special education services.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Progress At a Glance 2004-2007

Three years ago, Fresno Unified School District stood precariously on the edge of financial and academic bankruptcy. Click here to see what progress the District has made since then. You'll find there is reason for optimism, no room for complacency, and lots of areas in which members of the community can step up to help accelerate progress.

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Deborah A. Holmen Elementary School is one of five new elementary schools to be built in the last three years. These new schools enabled the District to eliminate year round schools and replace eleven different school schedules with one schedule for the 2008-2009 school year.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Walt Buster Speaks Out About Leadership at Fresno Unified

Walt Buster is the Director of the Central Valley Education Leadership Institute at California State University, Fresno. Buster is the former Superintendent of Schools of Clovis Unified School District. From July, 2004, through December, 2004, he volunteered his time as Interim Superintendent at Fresno Unified after then Superintendent Santiago Wood was terminated. Buster knows from firsthand experience how important leadership and continuity are for Fresno Unified. Click here to find out what other people are saying.