News: Education Headlines

Ceres schools put mental health services into kid-friendly mix

Student support specialists, with training but not counselor credentials, are the front line of Ceres’ many-pronged, every-campus approach to helping kids through the mental cuts and bruises of life. The 19 specialists serve one campus each, providing a watchful eye and a willing ear, and referrals to more intensive counseling services or substance-abuse help if needed.

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Report: Fresno ‘an exemplar city’ when it comes to helping students get financial aid

High school seniors in Fresno are more likely than their peers across the country to apply for financial aid opportunities for college. While that may seem obvious, since Fresno is among the poorest cities in the country, a new report released by the National College Access Network found that Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion rates are not tied to a city’s poverty rates. The report calls on districts to replicate Fresno Unified’s outreach efforts, calling them “exemplar.”

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Board hears public pleas

More than two dozen teachers, parents and students, several of them near tears, spoke to the Sonora Union High School Board of Trustees Thursday night about the financial crisis the district faces and the tough decisions that must be made in the coming weeks and months.

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