Fresno Unified trustees reject proposals to increase power of Ashjian

Fresno Unified trustees shot down a slew of proposed revisions to board bylaws that would have lessened the power of the superintendent and given more authority to the school board president.

Revisions to 20 policies were submitted at Wednesday night’s board meeting, including changes that would have given embattled board president Brooke Ashjian more control over public meetings and agendas. In more than one instance, the revisions removed decisions currently in the hands of the majority of the board and gave that authority solely to the board president.

“There are a handful of changes that restrict or provide what I think is an overly abundant amount of power to the board president,” said trustee Claudia Cazares, who voted against the motion, along with a majority of the board.

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