Articles on Conejo Valley school books dispute- vote is Tuesday 11-14-17

By George Miller
For your perusal, here’s a collection of articles, pro, con and right down the middle, mostly from local media, on the Conejo Valley Unified School District book controversy.
Discussion and vote on a proposed policy on the core literature list and providing parental/student opt-outs will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, 11-14-17, 1400 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

JUST THE FACTS | Conejo Valley School Board Proposed Curriculum Policy | BookGate

JUST THE FACTS | Conejo Valley School Board Proposed Curriculum Policy | BookGate  By Deborah Baber Savalla Here is a FACT opponents of the recently proposed Conejo Valley School Board policy on education curriculum do NOT want you to know: Books including To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Empire Falls, Bluest Eye, Lord of the Flies, and Snow Falling On Cedars CAN BE TAUGHT under the Conejo Valley […]

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 […]

Paula Nathan: Conejo Valley PTA’s Voice for the Controversial

Paula Nathan: Conejo Valley PTA’s Voice for the ControversialStaff Writers   Though late, the 11-7-17 Conejo Valley Unified School District Board meeting began — albeit only with the aid of a gavel. Following announcements from the closed and open sessions, the agenda was approved — and an already heated display increased its intensity not long thereafter. While the discussion item (11A) concerning […]


Adult-rated literature for minor children at CVUSD – if parents want it

Adult-rated literature for minor children at CVUSD – if parents want itBy Tony Dolz If you are a parent of 15-17 year old minors in grades 9-12 at CVUSD, and you want your child to read and discuss in class adult-rated literature written for adults – you are in luck. The teachers’ and parents’ task of choosing books that contain explicit references to (1) private parts […]


Round 2: Conejo School Board votes to accept … – Citizens Journal…

Sep 5, 2017 – Tags: Betsy Connolly, book ban, Conjejo Valley Unified School … the Conejo Unified School District (most Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and …


Local activist says Conejo School Board vote on … – Citizens Journal

Aug 17, 2017 – Local activist says Conejo School Board vote on racy book not what it … The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) board meeting …


Conejo Schools “BookGate” war continues | Citizens Journal | Citizens …

Oct 6, 2017 – Board authorizes Supt. to develop a core book selection/use policy … On Tuesday, October 3, the Conejo Valley Unified High School District …


After 11-7-17 CVUSD Board Meeting, Thousand Oaks, CA


Trustee takes on book policy | Thousand Oaks Acorn

OVERFLOW—A packed lobby watches the Conejo Valley Unified School District board of … Proposes warning parents about ‘objectionable’ books. By TO Acorn Staff | on November 09, 2017. By Dawn Megli-Thuna [email protected]

Book will have kids spouting racist slurs | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Sep 7, 2017 – Some of you have read numerous letters here claiming all kinds of things like book bans and censorship. So what really happened?

School community talks ‘explicit’ books | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Sep 28, 2017 – [email protected] … The Conejo Valley school board is forming an ad hoc committee to take a closer look at the district’s … controversy over the approval of a book that school board president Mike Dunn labeled profane.

Teachers, trustee clash over literature policy | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Nov 6, 2017 – High school English teachers in Conejo Valley Unified are taking up arms against what they say is an effort by school. … [email protected] … Books that would qualify include “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Catcher in the …

Order placed for controversial novel | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Nov 2, 2017 – [email protected] … Conejo Valley Unified’s curriculum office is processing an order for 625 copies of “The Absolutely … of education in August approved the National Book Award-winner for use in CVUSD high schools.

School board OKs controversial novel | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Aug 17, 2017 – [email protected] … Putting to bed weeks of allegations about a possible book ban, the Conejo Valley school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to …

Will school board censor books? | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Jun 15, 2017 – On June 6, the Conejo Valley school board agenda included discussion on the addition of two core literature books. Board member Mike Dunn …


Conejo school board hesitation sparks book … – Ventura County Star…book-ban…/417207001/

Jun 22, 2017 – The fears of a book ban in the Conejo Valley Unified School District were stoked by what appeared to be a simple statement. Trustee Mike …

Tempers flare over discussion of book opt-out … – Ventura County Star…conejo-valley…/835936001/

4 days ago – The Conejo Valley Unified School District board discussed a policy amendment to let parents essentially opt into the literature and materials …

Controversial book to be considered in Aug. – Ventura County Star…aug/436428001/

Jun 28, 2017 – Approval of a much scrutinized book did not make it to the Conejo Valley Unified School District board agenda, but it was all anybody could talk …

Conejo school board to vote on controversial book – Ventura County Star…/conejo…book/104449820/
Aug 11, 2017

Facing criticisms of a book ban, the Conejo Valley Unified School District board will consider Sherman Alexie …

Conejo board president alone in opposition to … – Ventura County Star…/conejo-valley/…/conejo…book/557931001/
Aug 16, 2017 – Despite accusations of book banning, a Conejo Valley school board president voted against “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

Conejo Valley Unified School District Back in Censorship News › Blog
4 days ago – The Board of Education of the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is … BookAward-winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in … and ideas that allow students to grow into informed citizens.

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William Hicks


No one’s suggesting censorship. No one is suggesting book burning.

There are people that have put themselves in the position of being “EXPERTS” and that there judgements can’t be questioned.

Many of the large crowd that agree’s with these experts, are also teachers that have had a corner on the market in education, and their union will not tolerate that parents and taxpayers question these “teachers.”

Truly, I believe that public education in California MUST have competition in order for it the return to a world class education system. That competition can only come when parents can choose where their children are educated through vouchers.