Letters to the Editor

Fresno Unified spending ignores real needs

Teachers are not being heard in Fresno Unified School District. As a high school teacher, I can tell you our classrooms are too crowded, with up to 40 students in classes!

Fresno Unified’s budget has increased over 40 percent in the last few years, but class sizes have not decreased. FUSD has not used this new money to hire more teachers – in fact, teachers are a decreasing part of the budget.

With the increase in funds, the district should not be using it to start fancy new schools, pay $500,000 for a Fresno Police Department gunshot program, pay for attorneys at $750 an hour to defend itself in this “lease-back debacle,” and in the latest news, pay for trips to Mexico City to recruit bilingual and advanced placement Spanish teachers (who are not credentialed in California).

It is simple. FUSD should use the money to support existing programs, decrease class sizes and hire more nurses and campus assistants. It is disappointing to see that so many of the board members just vote alongside Superintendent Michael Hanson instead of asking questions and addressing the needs of students, families and teachers.

Cathleen Rhames, Clovis