Congratulations to Kings Canyon Middle School in its recent designation as a “School to Watch.”
It is certainly worth watching, but not for what one might think. Over the last several years, Kings Canyon was one of the few schools to receive a grant that, among other things, allowed a reduction in class size to numbers that were more manageable. Students had the books they needed and teachers the resources to prepare and present their lesson plans. Don’t think for a moment that Kings Canyon is the only school in Fresno Unified with a talented and dedicated teaching staff. That is simply not the case.
However, after the speech and congratulatory remarks by District Superintendent Michael Hanson, this will be a “school to watch” to see if they can maintain their momentum. The grant has expired and class sizes are back to their usual crowded conditions.
Mr. Hanson is not a proponent of smaller classes or adequate classroom necessities. With this in mind, he did not give a single word of credit to these factors that the staff generally recognized as essential for change. Question the class sizes in your school and send it to Mr. Hanson for consideration.