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Member Dunn censured at Conejo Valley Unified School District board meeting 2-6-18

Member Dunn censured at Conejo Valley Unified School District board meeting 2-6-18

By George Miller Dunn unanimously censured We were told that there would be a big crowd at this week’s Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) board meeting, to address the attempted censure of board member Mike Dunn. There was, but not as large as the 11-14-17 meeting when the new new book selection policy was passed. […]

Conejo Valley Schools parental choice book dispute status: Spinning the narrative, attacking board members, etc.

Conejo Valley Schools parental choice book dispute status: Spinning the narrative, attacking board members, etc.

By George Miller Are the Acorn and the Star being one-sided and unfair covering Conejo book list policy? Is parental choice “censorship?” Why are Progressive pressure groups apoplectic over it?             Foreword The debate and arguments (some call it “BookGate”) surrounding the new Conejo Valley Unified School District book selection […]

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, CVUSD’s BookGate, Our Children, and YOU!

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, CVUSD’s BookGate, Our Children, and YOU!

  By Deborah Baber Savalla Monique McKenna is a public school teacher. On January 25, 2018 she inserted herself into the ongoing CVUSD, (Conejo Valley Unified School District), School Board discussion about the Board’s new policy regarding 9-12 core literature texts. School Board policy 6161.1 is firmly rooted in California Department Education Code (CDE). The […]

Fairness Prevails on Conejo Valley Unified School District Book Controversy

Fairness Prevails on Conejo Valley Unified School District Book Controversy

    By Tony Dolz Conejo Valley Unified School District president, Mike Dunn, a many times re-elected trustee, closed his one year school board presidency by bringing peace to factions warring over core literature books.  A group of literature teachers and parents strongly advocate for students 15-17 years old in grades nine – 12, to read […]

Conejo School Board releases final book selection/opt-out policy

Conejo School Board releases final book selection/opt-out policy

By George Miller As reported last week, the Conejo Valley Unified School District board approved a new book selection and opt-out policy, or as they call it: “Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials.” It was a messy meeting, since the version submitted for approval by board member Sandee Everett was disputed, as the Superintendent’s committee […]

Conejo Valley School District passes new book selection/opt-out policy

Conejo Valley School District passes new book selection/opt-out policy

By George Miller After a long, hard, bitterly fought battle, the Conejo Valley Unified School District board passed a sweeping new book selection and parental opt-out policy. Like last week’s meeting,  there was an overflow crowd. Opposition outnumbered the advocates and was composed mostly of faculty, some parents and lots of kids, mostly from Newbury Park […]

Next Tuesday in T.O.: Who “owns” the children? Who sets school policy?

Next Tuesday in T.O.: Who “owns” the children? Who sets school policy?

By George Miller   At this week’s Conejo Valley Unified School District Board meeting, opponents of a revised book selection and parental opt-out policy draft (Agenda item 11A) tried to overwhelm the meeting with numbers, intensity, arguments and sheer offensiveness, bordering on, if not crossing over, into intimidation. We heard estimates of an overflow crowd […]

Conejo Schools “BookGate” war continues

Conejo Schools “BookGate” war continues

By George Miller (published 10-6-17, updated 10-7-17) On Tuesday, October 3, the Conejo Valley Unified High School District Board of Education met and discussed (among other things) what to do about the core literature list controversy. There has been much discussion about some books and whether their content is age-appropriate for students. Some opponents of […]

Round 2: Conejo School Board votes to accept controversial book in curriculum- and next?

Round 2: Conejo School Board votes to accept controversial book in curriculum- and next?

By George Miller Background For months, a controversy has swirled about on whether the Conejo Unified School District (most Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and vicinity public schools) should accept “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie in its core curriculum for 9th grade students. Books are then selected for the classroom at teachers’ […]

Local activist says Conejo School Board vote on racy book not what it seems

Local activist says Conejo School Board vote on racy book not what it seems

  By Tony Dolz The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) board meeting resulting in approving “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, as a book selection in the core reading list, divides the community along familiar lines. The ruling class influencers in media, academia and the intellectual elites line up with the Progressive notion that […]

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