Not surprisingly, the room on the night of Tuesday, August 3rd was full. If the district wants to get everyone’s attention, the two hot button issues have certainly worked.
When I appeared in Norco, there were about 50 people standing in the outside parking lot. I pulled the handle of the locked door and waited next to Norco Councilor Kathy Aleman.
Someone opened the door and asked what I wanted. Well, how to attend a public meeting? I introduced myself from the newspaper.
Within two minutes, a staff member opened the door and said, “I have one seat,” and guided me in, like the fine dining restaurant Maître d’Hôtel, who regrets knowing that A-lister is outside. did. (By the way, Aleman never came in and I was looking at it from home.)
Two deputy sheriffs were placed in the hallway and my seat was next to the third deputy. Obviously, things got hotter at the last board meeting, with anti-maskers yelling at board members and increasing security.
Tuesday’s meeting remained relatively calm, among all the rotten luck. And everyone had to be masked according to the policy of admission to the room. This was reassuring and a bit comical for visiting journalists, as many who were there to oppose the mask had to wear it.
The critical race theory came out first, so let’s start.
It was the agenda of the board’s acquiescence under the request of resident Stacy Holly to oppose it and the principle that refuting it is a taught moment.
Therefore, I had the agenda 2 page resolution, “District stance on critical racial theory”.
Only legal scholars have adopted a theory unrelated to education from kindergarten to high school, and national “subcommittees” stick to the phrase “against topics such as diversity and cultural tolerance.” It was a stance. , Fairness and inclusiveness, ”the district continues to promote this.
Responses from the speakers were mixed and limited. Instead of hours of public comments, the board allocates only 20 minutes to each topic. I have to say that I have never encountered such a rule in the 30 years since I covered public institutions. But it reduced repetition and heat.
A line of resolution was fired that the district opposed the “sowing opposition” in the class. One speaker said he certainly wanted the teacher not to disagree, while others said the phrase was so vague that discussions in the speech class might be eligible. Said there is.
My favorite speaker is a woman who compared the “good intentions” behind critical racial theory to “communism” and humorously, adding that “20-40 million people were killed by Stalin.” did. She also complained about “awakened athletes” at the Olympics.
The Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, and the Olympics may be said to be a bit far from public education in Corona and Norco. But hey, she had good intentions.
Coach Sam Buen Rostro advised the board to simply withdraw the resolution.
“We do not teach critical racial theory, and passing it (resolution) or voting against it will cloud the water,” said Buen Rostro.
Board member Dr. Jose Laras. Teaching critical racial theory to doctoral students at the University of Redlands, he wasn’t ready to stop.
He proposed a series of forums to engage with the community on critical racial theory and dig deeper into what it is. He sounded ready to lead the symposium or something.
Buen Rostro urged the board to avoid being pushed to the side streets. Thankfully, everyone went ahead.
When it comes to masking, some people wore T-shirts with the slogan “My Child My Choice” and had handmade signs such as “Your fear doesn’t deprive you of your freedom to infect.” .. The last word.
District officials said California Public Health Service Mandates Masks In all grades from kindergarten to high school, it is possible regardless of vaccination status to avoid prejudice, bullying and isolation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 27 also recommended masking.
“It’s mandatory because we’re reading the law now,” said legal adviser Jim Lomo. If Corona Norco Unified opposes the state, officials and board members could face civil liability for “serious negligence,” he said.
Bill Pollock said: “I hate these masks, but I need to do everything I can to allow my kids to learn directly. I have to do my best not to close them.”
The speaker was split by masking. Some have said that it is not time to relax. Others have said that masks are useless or should be chosen.
Two young students came to the podium separately and talked. The first person said he was shy and couldn’t attend the class because of the mask. (Still, she wasn’t shy and couldn’t speak with a microphone in a room full of adults.)
Second, he expressed various anti-masking beliefs, such as “I think it will choke my child.” She added that she had asthma and was trying to remove her mask to inhale. Then I kept talking with the mask down.
The adult took a breath and gently said that the mask should be replaced. Her mother objected. The girl continued talking with a grin, without a mask.
It was a nuisance to everyone involved, and I don’t blame the girl. But her mother has to stand in the corner.
What if your child refuses to wear a mask at school or decides to breathe all day long?
If teachers and principals are unable to obtain compliance, parents will be called and will be able to choose to study online from home. This “will allow us to continue the education process,” said Assistant Superintendent Reggie Thompkins.
The girl’s mother urged her parents to attend the next board meeting to protest Musk. I hope they don’t disagree!
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