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What Fresno Unified's Top Officials Learned This Summer at Harvard

When six Fresno Unified trustees and the superintendent traveled to Boston this summer, it wasn't so they could take in a ballgame at Fenway Park, go on a sightseeing tour of the Boston Common or Old North Church, or tuck into a Cape Cod picnic. Their destination was Harvard University,...

Big Special Ed Dollars Coming. Can FUSD Deliver Better Results?

As soon as he became superintendent in 2017, Bob Nelson publicly acknowledged serious, heart-breaking problems in Fresno Unified's often-criticized special education program. The criticism hasn't relented even as Nelson has become the social media face of the district's move to "inclusion" — that is, teaching special ed students, whenever possible,...

Fresno Unified Must Make Special Ed a Priority. Not an Afterthought.

Even before Bob Nelson took over as Fresno Unified superintendent, he had to know that the district's efforts to educate students with disabilities were coming up short. The many lawsuits against the district filed by families of special education students and the voices expressing frustration at board meetings were ample...