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On the next Valley Edition: A state law requires schools to track attendance during the pandemic, but the frustrations of teachers and students at one Madera high school tell a different story than the numbers.

Plus, we discuss how school districts are planning to make up for the learning loss students experienced during the pandemic?

And a local historian tells us why he thinks Juneteenth should be a national holiday. Listen to these stories and more in the podcast above.

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For our series looking at how people are processing their experiences around the pandemic, we hear from Rodia Montgomery-Gentry. She’s a social science teacher and department chair at Madera South High School. As schools start to reopen, Montgomery-Gentry reflects on the challenges of connecting to students through online learning. FM89’s News Director Alice Daniel produced this audio postcard.

More than two decades after coming to Fresno State to teach Spanish and Portuguese, Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval was recently named the ninth president to lead the university. Since last fall, he had been serving as the interim president. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with him about his vision for Fresno State, his approach to closing achievement gaps, and when fans can expect to return to Bulldog Stadium.



This week on Valley Edition: More and more young candidates are running for office. We talk with three Valley youth vying for seats on local school boards.


Plus, teaching online is challenging enough. But getting kids to sing in a chorus over the internet? That’s really tricky. Choir teachers are coming up with new ways to make music.  

We also delve into more ballot propositions and update you on the pandemic. 

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.


Fresno State

Nearly two weeks after the coronavirus forced Fresno State to transition to virtual instruction, FM 89's Kathleen Schock spoke to Bryan Berrett, Fresno State's director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, about how students and faculty are adapting.  

CSU Campuses Expand Online Course Offerings

Jul 31, 2013
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California State University students can now enroll in more online classes than they’ve been able to.

CSU’s Mike Uhlenkamp says starting Thursday students can take online classes at any CSU campus - even courses not available at their home campus.

“A student can be enrolled at Sacramento State but take a course that’s available online from Channel Islands," says Uhlenkamp.

He says the new system will help make up for a lack of available spots in high-demand classroom courses.