Hannah Furfaro, The Fresno Bee

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Past articles by Hannah:

An overhaul for special education in California? Experts say ‘yes’

Using an iPad and a smart board, Lincoln Elementary teacher Zach Smith is whirring through colorful videos his students pieced together on their tablets. → Read More

Builders want changes to state’s lease-leaseback law

A group of California building organizations is rallying to change state law in hopes of torpedoing a recent court opinion on school construction projects — and fend off school districts looking to be repaid for multimillion-dollar school projects built under illegal deals. → Read More

Fresno Unified looks to restore sex education

Listen up Fresno high schoolers: sex education could soon be coming to a classroom near you. → Read More

Former Fresno student calls on board to investigate lease-leaseback

Fresno Unified is being called on to hire an outside investigator to probe the use of a controversial alternative to competitive bidding for school building projects. → Read More

Fresno Unified asks state Supreme Court to review lease-leaseback case

Fresno Unified School District trustees want the state Supreme Court to review a controversial lease-leaseback deal deemed illegal by an appellate court last week. → Read More

Fresno Unified superintendent speaks out about lease-leaseback deal

The superintendent of Fresno Unified School District says school board members were well aware of a controversial preconstruction consulting agreement with a developer that built the new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School, and that the district has penned similar consulting deals with other construction companies. → Read More

Harris Construction agreed to consult for free on Gaston Middle project

The construction company that built Fresno Unified’s new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School agreed to do pre-construction consulting for free in exchange for winning the project’s contracts worth nearly $42 million, a document obtained by The Fresno Bee shows. → Read More

Valley school districts land hefty grants for science, math education

Two central San Joaquin Valley school districts are sharing in a big pot of state money for science and math education, state officials announced Thursday. → Read More

Fresno Unified approves $801 million spending plan

Fresno Unified School District is investing big money in career technical education programs under an $801 million budget trustees passed at their meeting Wednesday night. → Read More

Court reverses decision on controversial contract method used by Fresno Unified

A Fresno County Superior Court decision involving two of the city’s biggest-name public and private players — Fresno Unified School District and Harris Construction Co. — has been reversed, calling into question a controversial construction deal the district made for Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School. → Read More

Clovis High senior says school won’t let him wear eagle feather at graduation

A Clovis High School senior who wants to wear an eagle feather at his graduation ceremony this week plans to file an emergency lawsuit against Clovis Unified School District, which he says is prohibiting him from wearing the cultural, religious and academic symbol that was given to him by his father. → Read More

Fresno Unified trustees eye big investment in career programs

Career technical education programs could be the big winner under Fresno Unified’s $801 million proposed spending plan for next school year, which was hashed out but not voted on at the district’s school board meeting Wednesday night. → Read More

Suicides of two Kingsburg High students shake community

Two Kingsburg High students died by suicide last week, the latest in a cluster of tragic events that have shaken the Kingsburg community this spring. → Read More

Locked in juvenile hall, Fresno teenager earns diploma and, maybe, a second chance

A Fresno teenager has spent years of his young life incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice Campus for burglary and other nonviolent crimes. Now he hopes for an education and new life once he is freed. → Read More

‘Fab Five’ kids with water app idea raise $51,000

A band of brainy elementary students saw a dream fulfilled Wednesday afternoon: The “Fab Five” boys from Riverview Elementary who proposed a water-saving app to Fresno City Hall officials in March have raised enough money to create it. → Read More

Fresno State plan for tougher enrollment requirements approved

Fresno State officials have received the go-ahead from the California State University System Chancellor Timothy White to change the university’s enrollment requirements starting in the 2016-17 school year. → Read More

Sex education for students is a public right, judge in California rules

The ruling – a victory for two Clovis Unified parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network – also makes it crystal clear that abstinence-only education violates California law. → Read More

Sex education for students a public right, judge rules in Clovis Unified case

Do California students have a right to learn about contraception and sexually transmitted infections? → Read More

Fresno State electric car charging station opens

Attention, owners of electric cars: Fresno State has installed six charging stations just west of Save Mart Center, where anyone can park and plug in. Charging costs a flat rate of $1 per hour. → Read More

More than a dozen hurt in California gas-line blast

More than a dozen people are injured, including four critically, when a gas line ruptures in northwest Fresno, creating a raging fire that shuts down both directions of a major highway. → Read More