It took a marathon six-hour meeting.
It involved the local chief of police advising the school board to hold the meeting in a virtual “zoom” setting due to a “threat” from outside forces.
It involved some highly partisan right-leaning outside elements, using canned and inaccurate talking points, to distort the district’s real position and exploit it for partisan and incorrect political purposes.
It involved some highly partisan politically left and progressive elements, using canned and inaccurate talking points, to push forward their unique theory of respect, listening, and healing that basically breaks down to “if you don’t agree with us, you’re a racist.”
It involved the school board deciding to let every single person who wanted to be heard involving a school board decision to allow all 172 properly submitted messages to be read publicly.
In the end, it resulted in a very tired Los Alamitos Unified School District Board discussing and then voting unanimously 5-0 to approve some revised social justice policy guidelines (i.e., “framework” or strategy suggestions) that some teachers can choose to use or not during their instruction.
- Orange County debates ethnic studies: Vital learnings or ‘anti-white’ divisiveness? (LA Times, April 28)
- California ethnic studies program criticized as ‘hate for America’ by opponents, praised by supporters (FoxNews, April 28)
- EDITORIAL: Los Alamitos Schools stand up to Bullies (LA Times, May 14)
- Police advise Los Alamitos school board to go virtual as anger grows in social justice debate (OC Register, May 13)
Los Alamitos school board approves social justice standards, opponents express frustration (OC register, LB Press-Telegram, May 12)