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CVUSD Superintendent McLaughlin Violates Brown Act for the 2nd Time

CVUSD Superintendent McLaughlin Violates Brown Act for the 2nd Time

By Nic Rivera The Ventura County District Attorney’s office sent a letter this past week advising Conejo Valley Unified School District leadership of a Brown Act violation arising from board business being conducted illegally in August 2019 by Superintendent Mark McLaughlin and board president Betsy Connolly at a “board retreat.” The letter from the District […]

Conejo Valley Unified School District touts Post-Secondary Program; Board reflects on last year events

Conejo Valley Unified School District touts Post-Secondary Program; Board reflects on last year events

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—Dr. Lisa Miller, Conejo Valley Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Student Services touted the Post-Secondary Program offered to 36 students (18-22 years old) in three self-contained classrooms at the Conejo Valley Adult School campus.  The Post-Secondary Program provides academic instruction for special education students in transition from high school to adult […]

Conejo Unified School District Punts on Board Member Censures, Discusses Sex-Ed Curriculum, Changes

Conejo Unified School District Punts on Board Member Censures, Discusses Sex-Ed Curriculum, Changes

By George Miller Since no Citizen Reporters have sent us anything yet on this important meeting…. AGENDA  VIDEO Sources who were present at the 8/20-21, 2019 (it went on until the wee hours) Conejo Valley Unified School District Board meeting told us the following: Board decided not to pursue the process of censuring Board Member […]

CVUSD board votes down censure resolution of Betsy Connolly

CVUSD board votes down censure resolution of Betsy Connolly

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) voted down a censure of board member Betsy Connolly by a vote of 2-1 (with Connolly and Patricia Phelps voting “No.”).  The lone “Yes” vote came from board member Sandee Everett who had advanced the motion with abstentions from both board members Mike Dunn […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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