fusd http://kvpr.org en FUSD's Michael Hanson Praises Waiver for 'No Child Left Behind' Act http://kvpr.org/post/fusds-michael-hanson-praises-waiver-no-child-left-behind-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A day after the U.S. Department of Education gave eight of California's largest school districts a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson praised the decision, saying it will improve accountability and student performance, and "allows us to do work very differently."&nbsp;</span></p><p>The districts, which include Sanger Unified and Fresno Unified, are all members of a coalition called the&nbsp;<a href="http://coredistricts.org/">California Office to Reform Education</a>&nbsp;or CORE.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 01:31:47 +0000 Joe Moore 19666 at http://kvpr.org FUSD's Michael Hanson Praises Waiver for 'No Child Left Behind' Act Fresno and Sanger School Districts Get 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-and-sanger-school-districts-get-no-child-left-behind-waiver <p>Two Valley school districts – Fresno Unified and Sanger Unified – were granted a one-year waiver from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act today by the U.S. Department of Education. The move will allow school officials to introduce their own plans for a new statewide curriculum and avoid costly penalties under the law.</p><p>The districts were among eight in California to receive the waiver, and are all members of a coalition called the <a href="http://coredistricts.org/">California Office to Reform Education</a>, or CORE.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:25:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 19595 at http://kvpr.org Fresno and Sanger School Districts Get 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries http://kvpr.org/post/reedley-farmer-goes-farm-school-strawberries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pao </span>Saephan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> crouches down in his sun-drenched field. He cups a red jewel in his hand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a few more days, his strawberries will be fully ripe. He’ll pick them once they are garnet-colored from stem to tip.</span></p><p>“We want all the strawberries, to be full ripe, full flavor, with 100 percent sugar in them,” says Saephan.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:55:48 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 13009 at http://kvpr.org Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries On Valley Edition: Dueling Tax Measures, Scholarships for FUSD students http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-dueling-tax-measures-scholarships-fusd-students Today on Valley Edition we look at the competing tax measures on the November ballot, Propositions 30 and 38. Both promise to protect funding for schools but critics have questioned both, and some political observers have said that the presence of both on the ballot could mean neither will pass. We also talk with a Fresno couple who donated $1 million to fund scholarships for students at Fresno's Tehipite Middle School. And we also learn more about plans for a walk and series of events to raise awareness about asthma in the Central Valley.  Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:27:09 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 4521 at http://kvpr.org Group Announces Effort to Recall FUSD's Vang http://kvpr.org/post/group-announces-effort-recall-fusds-vang <p>A coalition of teachers and education activists gathered today to announce an effort to recall Fresno Unified school board member Tony&nbsp;Vang.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:38:36 +0000 Joe Moore 1880 at http://kvpr.org Group Announces Effort to Recall FUSD's Vang FUSD Graduation Task Force Hears From Community http://kvpr.org/post/fusd-graduation-task-force-hears-community <p>Earlier this Spring, the Fresno Unified School District established a community task force to provide the district with recommendations to help solve the district&#39;s dropout problems. FM89&#39;s Juanita Stevenson reports on how residents offered their input to the task force at a recent meeting.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:54:57 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 709 at http://kvpr.org FUSD Graduation Task Force Hears From Community On Valley Edition: Grad task force; summer jobs; health conference http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-grad-task-force-summer-jobs-health-conference <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the work being done by Fresno Unified&#39;s Graduation Task Force, which is working to slow the dropout rate in the district. We also talk about the challenges kids today face in getting a summer job, and learn more about a health conference in west Fresno.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:35:13 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 701 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Rural Health Care; Graduation Task Force; Heart Month http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-rural-health-care-graduation-task-force-heart-month <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the challenges of providing health care in the Valley&#39;s rural communities. We&#39;ll hear a special report about a Reedley&nbsp;hospital that has recently emerged from bankruptcy, and talk with Assembly Member Linda Halderman, who is a physician, about the efforts to reform the state&#39;s Medi-Cal program. We&#39;ll also learn more about Fresno Unified&#39;s new graduation task force and find out what this commission will do to help stem the wave of dropouts that has been a major source of concern in the district.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:50:04 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1161 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Rural Health Care; Graduation Task Force; Heart Month New Details in Plot to Poison Fresno Teacher http://kvpr.org/post/new-details-plot-poison-fresno-teacher <p></p><p>New information emerged today on the alleged plot by three Fresno Unified students to poison their classroom teacher.</p><p>Fresno Teachers Association President Greg&nbsp;Gadams&nbsp;told the media today the poising incident took place at&nbsp;Balderas&nbsp;Elementary School shortly before winter break. He said the students placed rat poison in their teacher&#39;s coffee cup, and in the frosting of a cupcake given to the teacher. The teacher was unaware of the attempt, and never ate the cupcake.</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:16:18 +0000 Joe Moore 1795 at http://kvpr.org New Details in Plot to Poison Fresno Teacher On Valley Edition: Truancy Solutions; Shop Local; Holiday Lights http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-truancy-solutions-shop-local-holiday-lights <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about solutions to the truancy problems that plague local school districts, as well as efforts to boost shoppers at locally owned businesses, as well as the annual &quot;holiday lights&quot; show at the California Living Museum in Bakersfield.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:39:18 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1168 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: Nuclear Power; Michael Hanson http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-nuclear-power-michael-hanson <p><strong>Segment I Nuclear Power In the Valley? - </strong>The State of California has a long love-hate relationship with nuclear power. It&#39;s now been 26 years since Diablo Canyon, the state&#39;s newest nuclear power plant, came online on the Central Coast. In the intervening years, reactors at Rancho Seco, near Sacramento, and San Onofre near San Diego have been decommissioned, and the state&#39;s moratorium on the construction of new plants still remains in effect. Wed, 04 May 2011 01:35:23 +0000 Joe Moore 1223 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: School Health Programs; Fresno Unified http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-school-health-programs-fresno-unified <p><strong>Segment 1: School Health Programs&nbsp;</strong>- When we hear about budget problems in California schools, we usually think of teachers losing their jobs. But school nurses are also worried about job security and cuts to student health services. On this edition of Quality of Life, correspondent Shellie Branco brings us a feature report on school health, and talks with school nurses and one Visalia family who relies on them. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:50:13 +0000 Joe Moore 1225 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: Mark Arax; Tax Day http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-mark-arax-tax-day <p><strong>Segments 1 &amp; 2: Mark Arax </strong>- Journalist and author Mark Arax has spent much of his career exposing the dark secrets of life in the Central Valley, from corrupt politicians to secretive land barons. A former senior writer with the LA Times, Arax joins us on this edition of Valley Public Radio&rsquo;s Quality of Life, to talk about his books, the Valley, and the troubled Fresno Unified School District. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:43:07 +0000 Joe Moore 1226 at http://kvpr.org