At least 2,000 members of the Fresno Teachers Association representing teachers with the Fresno Unified School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 to authorize their union to call a strike if talks with the district don't lead to an acceptable agreement.
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.