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Trustees to Vote on High-Performing Dailey Elementary's Charter Renewal
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By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
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April 14, 2020

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Morris E. Dailey Elementary Charter School, one of the academically higher-performing elementary charters in California, is up for charter renewal at Wednesday’s Fresno Unified School District board meeting.

In a report to the school board, district staff said the school is meeting expectations about student performance and recommended that the charter be renewed for five years.

The staff report, which is marked “confidential,” was not part of the original meeting agenda package but was added Monday evening. However, the agenda itself has not been marked as revised to acknowledge the newly added report.

Dailey, a central Fresno K-5 school that was first chartered by the district in 2010 and operates independently, provides students with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and is a feeder school for Fresno High’s International Baccalaureate program.

The program is academically more rigorous and globally focused.

(GV Wire/Alexis DeSha)

Most Are Neighborhood Students

Nearly 60% of the students who were enrolled in Dailey as of early March and who live in Fresno Unified were from the Fresno High region or other surrounding neighborhood schools, according to the charter review report.

One of the school’s original goals was to provide academically rigorous curriculum to students from surrounding neighborhoods.

Of the other Fresno Unified students attending Dailey, 31% lived in the Bullard High area, 8% in the Hoover High area, 5% in the Roosevelt High area, 4% in each of the McLane and Sunnyside areas, and 3% in the Edison High area.

About a quarter of the 402  students enrolled at Dailey in early March lived outside Fresno Unified.

The school’s demographics have shifted over the past six years. In 2014-15, the student body was 46% Hispanic, 36% white, 8% African American, 4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 6% multiracial. In the current school year, the students are 53% Hispanic, 27% white, 5% African American, 7% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 7% multiracial.

Is School Too Selective?

Dailey critics have charged that the school cherry-picks enrollees and excludes special education, homeless, or foster students. According to the district report on the charter renewal, 166 students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, 26 are English language learners, and 4% are special education. There were no foster or homeless students.

When the board reviewed the charter application at the April 1 board meeting, trustee Carol Mills questioned why the school was continuing to require families to do fundraising when the school’s budget reserves nearly equaled the annual operating budget of about $3.9 million.

According to the district’s staff report, Dailey officials said the budget reserves will cushion the school in the event of an economic downturn. Reserves also were boosted in anticipation of upcoming expenses for equipment and furniture upgrades and other costs over the next five years that will exceed expected revenues.

 

How To Watch

Wednesday’s board meeting will be held by teleconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting will be broadcast in several ways: online at http://go.fresnounified.org/ustream/, on the Ustream App on Android or Apple devices, Comcast Xfinity Channel 94, or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or through the following teleconference lines: English, dial-in: 559-512-2623, passcode 141 945 774#; Spanish, dial-in: 559-512-2623, passcode: 281 959 252#.

To submit a public comment to the board, send an email to publiccomment@fresnounified.org or leave a voice message by calling 559 457-6222. Emails and voicemails must be submitted by noon Wednesday to be included in the record.

The discussion on the charter renewal is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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