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Getting to Know a School Board Candidate

(Author’s note: Dan Bordona has announced his candidacy for a school board seat in the November 2024 election. The author worked as a teacher at Edison High School when Bordona was also there—first as [...] Continue Reading

Evaluating an Averted Strike

During the author’s 30-year stint as a Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) instructor, teachers were encouraged to appropriate the so-called cycle of teaching in regular educational practice. The [...] Continue Reading

Republican Jesus

It’s one of George Bernard Shaw’s better-known quotations: “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.” Given the divisions that have been festering in our own country [...] Continue Reading

The Kids Aren’t Alright

The start of a new school year can be like the coming of spring. There can be a glow of fresh, exciting possibilities in the air, the anticipation of the new. Something that often sets the tone for [...] Continue Reading

“The cellephant in the room”

Walk into many Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) middle and high school classrooms on any given day, and you’ll spot several students using their phones—not in conjunction with their formal [...] Continue Reading

FUSD Academic Performance in Decline

Some call it “product downsizing.” For others, it’s “shrinkflation.” It happens when you buy tissue paper or instant coffee, and the amount you get is less than what used to be in the same [...] Continue Reading

From a TV Show to Reality

Back in the late 1960s, The Prisoner was my favorite TV show by far. It was a quirky spy-type series, and in it a British agent was whisked away to a clandestine site known only as The Village. In [...] Continue Reading

Can Schools Return to Normal?

So what’s been happening inside the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD)? What do teachers experience on the job nowadays, and what’s changed over the past few years? In recent few years—partly [...] Continue Reading

The Decay Of FUSD

“I’ve never worked for such inept people before.” “When we got back to school in August [2021], it was as if the administration was making it up as they went along.” “[These days] I go to my job [...] Continue Reading