Education bill expected to help Valley districts

No school districts in Fresno County would be subject to closures under the proposed legislation, said Larry Powell, superintendent of the Fresno County Office of Education.

While the West Fresno and Fresno Unified school districts have faced state sanctions in recent years, both are improving. "I don't see any of our schools impacted by this legislation," Powell said.

The West Fresno district was hit by intensive sanctions and was ranked low among the state's most-troubled districts. But recent improvements have helped turn the district around, Powell said. Fresno Unified received moderate sanctions and also is making improvements, he said.

The legislation will help Fresno County schools, Powell said. "It puts us in the race for federal money."

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