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ANDY IN THE NEWS

“'It is our job; it is our responsibility to be proactive. It’s not just focusing on learning because we can’t if students don’t have a place to sleep or know where their next meal is coming from. For us to step up and say, ‘We’re going to take down these barriers’ is important.'”

The Fresno Bee - Education Lab (April 22, 2024)

"Credit [Dr. Amber] Crowell and fellow Fresno State instructor Andy Levine, who is also a Fresno Unified school board member, for working to make the guaranteed income project a reality.

 

They acted with doggedness after the local application for a state guaranteed-income program was denied.

The Fresno Bee - Editorial Board (March 22, 2024)

"Imagine being a first grader and finding out $500 has been deposited into a bank account to help with college. Fresno Unified is designing a campaign to ensure students see this opportunity available through a state program that helps motivate students to pursue a college degree or vocational training. More than 62,500 Fresno Unified students qualify for the $500, yet only 6.72% of eligible students have claimed the free money, data from the State Treasurer’s Office shows. That’s little more than 58,300 students missing out on the free money set aside to ease their financial burden.

 

“'I went to Edison High School, a lot of students in my class that were just as hard-working as me, just as smart as me, if not smarter and harder working, but just didn’t have the financial reality of being able to even consider higher education,' said Trustee Andy Levine, who introduced the CalKIDS program to the district in 2022, and recently advocated for the school board to develop strategies to promote the program."

The Fresno Bee - Education Lab (March 20, 2024)

“With help from trustee Andy Levine, [Fort Miller] was able to secure funding for a new washer and dryer for not only Fort Miller, but all middle schools throughout the district to give low-income students access to laundry equipment to keep their clothes clean"

The Fresno Bee - Education Lab (March 28, 2023)

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In Fresno Unified, only 6.64% of eligible students have claimed their accounts — partly because the district has not publicized the program as it can and should, Andy Levine, a member of the district’s board of trustees, said during the board meeting. 

Levine proposed a resolution requiring the district to make a systemwide commitment to increase student awareness and access to the accounts. 

He cited studies indicating that having as little as $500 in a college savings account makes a student three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate than a student without savings. 

“I believe (it) is critically important to our city overall, with tens of millions of dollars collectively waiting for our students to utilize,” Levine told EdSource. 

EdSource (March 19, 2024)

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“'It would be shameful if we did not take advantage of this opportunity, given that we have one of the highest — if not the highest — rates of poverty in the entire state,' said Andy Levine, a member of the board of trustees for Fresno Unified School District. 

'It is our job; it is our responsibility to be proactive. It’s not just focusing on learning because we can’t if students don’t have a place to sleep or know where their next meal is coming from. For us to step up and say, ‘We’re going to take down these barriers’ is important.'”

EdSource (June 13, 2023)

"With his work for New Leaders and Faith in the Valley, Levine has rich experience in trying to improve conditions for low-income families. Fresno Unified serves some of the nation's poorest neighborhoods. As an instructor himself, Levine also knows the challenges teachers have to face, especially in the time of COVID. Additionally, he has shown skill in creating civil discourse, which is sorely needed at Fresno Unified board meetings these days. Yet Levine can state his position without being intimidated by any opposition."

The Fresno Bee - Editorial Board (March 14, 2022)

"Levine has also come to the conclusion that a more holistic approach is required to achieve lasting change in education. He cites such models as Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone that combine educational, social and medical resources. 'Education is the most critical piece,' he says, 'But it can’t be the only piece in this equation. It has to be viewed as one piece of the puzzle.'”

Teachers College, Columbia University - Newsroom (October 9, 2009)

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