At the end of the Fresno Unified board meeting Aug. 24, 2017, board president Brooke Ashjian read a statement about the ongoing controversy about remarks he made about LGBT-inclusive sex education. Here is the full statement.
Some speakers at Wednesday night's Fresno Unified school board meeting supported board President Brooke Ashjian's controversial remarks about sex education and LGBTQ, while others asked for his removal.
Fresno Unified Interim Superintendent Bob Nelson uses Facebook to announce his support for all students and commits to providing resources for LGBTQ students. This video was posted on Fresno Unified School District's Facebook page @fresnounifiedpage Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2017.
Back-to-school season has begun, with Central Unified getting a jump Wednesday, Aug. 9 with classes starting at its 19 campuses in Fresno mostly west of Highway 99. At Harvest Elementary, cheerleaders helped greet students. Fresno Unified goes back Aug. 14 and Clovis Unified returns Aug. 21.
Kayla Wilson, Fresno County Office of Education's sex educator, refutes the concept that some parents and even school board members hold that sex ed will lead to more sexual activities among students. The goal, she says, is to be able to offer teens the options of making healthy decisions, and encouraging discussions between them and their parents or a trusted adult.
Family, friends, dignitaries and folks of all kinds turned out to welcome home 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Ananya Vinay at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. It capped a whirlwind week that included national TV appearances for the 12-year-old from Fugman Elementary.
Ananya Vinay of Fresno is asked to spell the word "anabolic" in round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, May 31, 2017. She likes finding the story behind the words, she says.