Fresno Unified Increases Police Funding Despite Objections

School districts across the state are facing calls to reduce or eliminate campus policing. But one school district is defying those demands.

Fresno Unified board members approved a new budget Wednesday that increases funding for school police. That increase comes despite cuts to other programs and services, including the African American Academic Acceleration Department. Dozens of people had appealed to the Board to cut school police funding.

Trustee Veva Islas, one of the two who voted against the budget, called it “tone deaf.”

District officials say an increase in police budgeting was needed because they recently lost a grant. That left a $383,300 hole for campus policing.

Fresno Unified has been struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. It is currently losing about $79.3 million.



Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 08:22

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his 2021-2022 budget proposal Friday and, as he put it, the state appears to be doing “pretty damn well.”