The kNOw Weighs In: FUSD & Terry Slatic

Terry Slatic has only been on Fresno Unified’s school board for seven months, but has already proven to be problematic. In the seven months Slatic has been a school board member, he’s made headlines for assaulting a student, threatening students on the cheer team, threatening the job of his son’s wrestling coach and making a Black army recruiter feel unsafe on campus.

As a school board member, having the student’s best interest in mind and making students feel safe should be a priority, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Trustee Slatic. In this weigh-in, The kNOw writes an open letter to FUSD with their thoughts on Slatic’s actions and how the school district is handling this situation.

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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