Holland Elementary students said “konnichi wa” on Friday to 12 students visiting from Kochi, Japan, part of a long-standing relationship between the town and school. Kochi and the city of Fresno have been sister cities since 1965, and students from Kochi first visited Holland Elementary 51 years ago.
The income disparities between Fresno Unified and surrounding districts like Clovis Unified and Golden Valley are among the greatest in the country. The new Ed Build report says these boundaries trap students in poverty and lesser schools.
San Joaquin Valley school districts have improved state test scores since last year, but still are falling behind California as a whole. Clovis Unified, however, is far ahead of surrounding districts and above the state average, with 67 percent of students proficient in English/language arts and 54 percent of students proficient in math.
Fresno State students began their fall semester Monday, greeted by some new buildings and ongoing construction. The university has a record 24,500 students – up from 24,136 last year – including 3,350 first-time freshmen and 2,150 transfer students. Among academic offerings is the new minor in Hmong language studies through the university's Linguistics Department. More than 100 students are enrolled in Hmong minor courses for the fall semester, according to Fresno State.
All grades tested on Common Core-aligned, computer-based tests in the district – grades 3-8 and 11 – showed improvement since last year. However, the achievement gap among minority students is still prominent.
Fresno County has among the highest rates of childhood food insecurity in the country. That doesn’t stop when students head to college. Fresno State’s Student Cupboard aims to help relieve the burden of its students – more than 30 percent of whom face food insecurity.
Hundreds of students, many accompanied by package-hauling siblings and parents, began moving into their rooms in residence halls at Fresno State on Thursday, the first day to move into university housing.
The Clovis Unified school board Wednesday revisited requests for alternative physical education coursework and bathroom facilities in response to parents concerned about a state law allowing transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their identity.