“Enough is enough,” community tells the Board of Education
A California community is ready to take action after a complacent school board has enforced policies for years that are unlawful and contrary to the wishes of the majority of area residents.
After the recent inaction of the board of directors, a citizen effort was organized to replace the entire board of directors in the midterm elections of November 2022.
“By the end of this month, the committee intends to serve three notices of intent to recall the Los Alamitos Unified School Board in the 2022 election,” committee spokesman Robert Aguilar said. Jr. “The other two directors are also running for election at the same time.”
“The recall would effectively place the five board members in a battle to retain their seats.”
The committee plans to officially kick off the effort at the next school board meeting, where the group committee intends to serve notice on each member in person.
The meeting is currently scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on September 28 at the Los Alamitos Education Board meeting room, 10293 Bloomfield St., Los Alamitos, but Aguilar has said in the past that the board had a history of cancellation. meetings.
“This is one of the many reasons why they are no longer fit for the job,” he said. “We need directors who do the job they were elected to do.
The public is invited to attend and masks are encouraged.
“Wear the mask, if only to prevent district officials from using it as an excuse to block entry,” Aguilar said.
Board Directors Chris Forehan, Scott Fayette and Megan Cutuli will receive notice at the meeting.
The group said it was inevitable, but that it is not a political enterprise, but rather a bipartisan effort to protect children in the community.
“There are parents on both sides of the political aisle who are in tears over the way our children are being treated,” Aguilar said. “It’s not about politics anymore. The board has conservative members. We live in a conservative community. It’s about protecting our children now.
Cutuli, he said, is a perfect example. She has served on the board since 2000, was a registered Republican, and often sided with the Conservatives on controversial issues.
But even with this conservative record, parents are worried.
“Our family has been friends with Meg (Cutuli) for years,” a relative shared with the group anonymously. “She is a neighbor and she has always had our support. But it’s about choosing between our friendships and the well-being of our children.
Although the notices have yet to be served, opposition efforts have begun, but Aguilar said the effort was led by blind partisanship rather than the best interests of children.
“While I may not agree with all of the board’s decisions, personally this recall is an extremely partisan attempt… and I am extremely confident it will fail,” said Steve Miller, real estate agent and enthusiast Black Lives Matter supporter, in a recent interview with the independent Spotlight Schools newsletter.
Miller is no stranger to the neighborhood.
In 2018, her call and interview with the Orange County Register first revealed an allegedly hateful Facebook post by now retired District Elementary School principal Roni Burns-Ellis.
At the time, Miller said, when he learned of the principal’s job, he went straight to the school to confront her face to face.
“I was outraged,” he said. “She wasn’t there, which is probably good because I would have said the wrong things.”
It was this one incident that is said to have influenced the school district’s decision to initiate discussions on racial equity and critical race theory.
But many others see the recall effort as an opportunity to align the board more closely with the interests of the community.
“A recall election provides parents with the opportunity to be heard when elected officials do not otherwise respond to the community that appointed them,” said Jeffrey Barke, former Los Alamitos school board administrator. “I fully support the recall effort. I am very disappointed with my former colleagues who again and again fail to represent their community and hide behind the veil of Covid mandates and staff misinformation. “
Barke is a physician and was a member of the board of directors for 12 years.
He said much of the information used to make policy is based on politics and not science.
“CDC data shows that children under the age of 18, that is, Kindergarten to Grade 12, have a COVID-19 survival rate of 99.997%,” Barke said. “Young children are at greater risk of death from seasonal flu, but we have never imposed shorts or flu masks during flu season. “
But the pandemic is only part of the concerns expressed openly throughout the community.
“As a parent of six children in the district, I am appalled at what our children are being taught,” said Aimee Sugar, a parent with children at several schools in the district. “The district allows teachers to indoctrinate underage children with their political, spiritual and sexual agendas, with materials in classrooms and on their social media. Teachers are preparing our children with mind games and this must stop. “
“Parents of students, we need to mobilize and get involved,” said Staci Muller, a mother of two who recently removed her students from the district.
“I support the recall and plan to introduce myself. “
Aguilar said the district acknowledged that more than 300 other families had taken their children out of school in opposition to the questionable mandates and curriculum.
At the heart of the recall effort are a total of four main complaints to the current board of directors, Aguilar said.
“First, the council threatens the mental and physical health of our children by enforcing unfounded and illegal warrants,” he said.
“Second, the board approves the indoctrination of our children with political, racist and sexist agendas. And by the way, political indoctrination is on both sides of the spectrum.
“The board is also stifling the constitutional rights of its constituents by ignoring California brown law and basic due process.
“Finally, the council stopped acting on behalf of our children and families and chose to sit on their hands. They must be replaced by leaders who will do the job for which they were elected. “
One of the most notable events leading up to the recall effort occurred in recent days when it was discovered that college teachers had dropped out of the approved curriculum to teach doctrines on Critical Theory of race and racial equity.
The unauthorized incidents gained national attention when a teacher asked his grade seven students to read and comment on a Huffington Post opinion piece titled Why I’m a Racist.
The district has denied the implementation of critical breed theory, but recently approved an advanced high school placement course that explores the concept.
Lessons include teaching students about the dominance of white male culture in Western Europe and the use of Christianity as a tool to control and oppress minorities.
Another incident ignored by the board, the committee said, occurred when a teacher recently sparked unease and outrage after asking his underage students to declare their gender identities and share if they had any questions. regarding their sexual preferences.
Aguilar said the committee obtained a PowerPoint presentation that was sent to underage students between sixth and eighth grade celebrating “Pride Week,” including information on the history of the LGBTQ agenda and featuring celebrities who have publicly declared their sexuality.
A survey was included that asked children if they wanted to remain anonymous with their responses or share them publicly.
The survey was sent without consulting parents or obtaining permission to do so.
Aguilar said the power point and other documents would be available on the committee’s website after September 28.
An overwhelming number of parents have also expressed concern over continued restrictions and implemented mask warrants for their children.
“In Orange County, California, where the schools are located, have long since lifted most warrants, allowing vaccinated people to enter buildings without masks, schools in the same county are being forced to remain masked out. inside even if they are vaccinated, ”Aguilar said. . “The Board of Education continues to dismiss complaints and refer parents to state entities for answers on mandates, sparking more discontent for their inaction as an elected body.
“California has been in a constant state of emergency since March 2020. Section 8627.5 (b) of the State Governance Code states that a state of emergency can only be implemented for a maximum of 60 days. without discussion or vote from elected legislators in Sacramento.
“To date, no discussion or vote has taken place and school district voters are now questioning the legality of the mandates enforced by the school board.
“It is a simple violation of our constitutional rights. Our children and parents are subject to illegal warrants pushed by state entities and California teachers’ unions.
“So if the members of our board of directors are unable to stand up for what is right, they will be replaced, as will the district administrators. “
For more information on the recall effort, visit www.losalrecall.com.