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  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019

     

    OUSD Administrator denies teacher shortage


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    As OUSD Administrators say there is no teacher shortage in Orange County
    OUSD needs qualified teachers-but for the first time fails to include the amount in its published Agenda
    In the Orange Unified School District's March 14, 2019 Agenda, Item 12 A is the annual vote on the Declaration of Need for Qualified Educators  , but this year for the first time ever,  the actual report is not  included  in the agenda.

    The agenda item on Agenda page 3 states:
    " copy of the Declaration for the 2019-20 school year is attached"

    The report does not, as in all previous years, follow the agenda description. The following page 4 begins the next agenda item.


    Every year California requires school districts to file a declaration with the state called the Declaration of Need for Qualified Educators . The document must be filed before the state issues permits for non-qualified employees to teach in that school district.  

    Currently, California is in the middle of a teacher shortage.

    Every year, the Orange Unified School District Administration has included the required declaration as part of the March Agenda with the full declaration that is to be filed included with the Agenda Item.

    Every year until this year. 

    In the March 8, 2018 Agenda, the report showed 26 positions were reported on the Declaration of Need for Qualified Educators .

    The failure to include the Declaration of Need for Qualified Educators comes on the heels of OUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Ernie Gonzalez announcing that Orange County does not have a teacher shortage.

    Gonzalez reportedly made the pronouncement at the March 6, 2019 Superintendent's Forum. The monthly meeting presents reports from OUSD Superintendent Dr. Hansen and Administrators to staff and teachers from across the district and answers questions. Sources at last week's meeting report that Assistant Superintendent Gonzalez in answering a question about OUSD being competitive in recruiting teachers during a teacher shortage declared that Orange County was not experiencing a teacher shortage like the rest of the state.  He reportedly offered no data to back up his assertion. 

    Gonzalez's remarks were a big departure from now the now retired OUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Ed Kissee. Over the past two years, Kissee has acknowledged and worked on addressing OUSD's response to the statewide teacher and substitute shortage.

    The new assertion from the OUSD Administration that there is no teacher shortage comes as OUSD is one of the few Orange County Districts that have failed to reach contracts with its two employee groups.   




    The OUSD Personal Reports (included with each Board Agenda) show that for this school year-from August 2018 until this month-53 separations of  Certificated staff members have taken place with three months left until the end of the school year.

    Long standing data of course shows that all of California and the nation has been in a multi-year long teacher shortage.  In California, that shortage has been exasperated by the cost of living, skyrocketing housing costs, baby-boomer attrition and an exodus of qualified teachers moving out of the state. 
    For more information



    The Stanford University and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)  September 2018 Getting Down to the Facts II  research brief  ( a follow-up to the original 2007 paper)  lays out the seriousness of the problem:
    "California is experiencing one of its most severe teacher shortages in two decades. Budget cuts and layoffs resulting from the recession contributed to a steep decline in the number of teachers in California, falling from a high of 310,362 teachers in the 2007-08 school year to 283,836 four years later.

    "Recent efforts, including Proposition 30 and the Local Control Funding Formula, which, respectively, raised taxes for public education and transformed the state’s school finance method, have helped to regrow California’s teacher workforce. However, with sharp decreases in the supply of new teachers, there are still not enough qualified teachers across subject areas in many schools and districts to meet California’s staffing needs."

    That Stanford/PACE research brief  clearly spells out the dangers for the state:
    "This ongoing teacher shortage threatens recent education initiatives in the state—new standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments—that aim to better prepare all students for college and careers.
    For more information Getting Down to the Facts II  

    In September of 2018, the non-profit Giving Compass reported:
    "In California, which has the largest number of public school students in the US, 80% of districts reported a shortage of qualified teachers in 2017-2018, and nine out of 10 of those districts said the situation was worse than the previous school year.

    However, the dangers for OUSD are greater. Data shows that without qualified teachers the yearly assessments scores drop. Even as OUSD rebuilds its facilities with bond monies, with adjacent district's all fighting for students because of declining enrollments, more parents will be looking at district state scores in selecting schools.  In 2001 when OUSD could not attract qualified teachers or administrators because of the refusal of the anti-public education OUSD Reactionary Board to increase pay, as the district sat on tens of millions in reserve funds, it took a voter revolt and then a decade of rebuilding to attract qualified teachers and administrators after the massive OUSD employee exodus.

    In October of 2018, the Learning Policy Institution issued a much quoted report on the California teacher shortage crisis.  The report stated:
    "A recent survey of school districts serving a quarter of the state’s student population found that more than 80 percent hired underprepared teachers in 2017-18. Many urban school districts reported to the Learning Policy Institute that they had hired high percentages of teachers in that year who were not fully certified, including Sacramento City Unified (34 percent), Stockton Unified (54 percent) and Fresno Unified (31 percent)."

    For more information Teacher Shortages in California:Status, Sources, and Potential Solutions


    For the top OUSD Human Resource Administrator to declare to teachers, staff and other administrators that there is not teacher shortage in Orange County, without data, is also hard to square with the national data and statistics. 

    Even the national business sector has taken notice of the teacher shortage.

    In December 2018, Forbes cited a Wall Street Journal article that analyzed federal data:
    "If we want to improve society, we need a better educated populace and not hold out the possibility of excellent schooling only for those with the money to pay private tuition. But that is going to be a harder goal to achieve. A Wall Street Journal analysis of federal figures found that teachers are leaving the profession at the highest rate every."

    "By the 12 months that ended in October 2018, one million workers, a tenth of all, left public education. This shouldn't be a surprise. Look at how many protests happened this year in states where teachers were fed up with low pay and classroom conditions like old textbooks, when they had enough to go around."

    As the teacher shortage started to reach critical mass  four years ago, the California Legislature started to take notice.  The highly regarded non-profit Calmatters reported in 2017 on those efforts:
    "Lawmakers say California’s supply of new teachers is at a 12-year low because of a precipitous drop in students training to be educators, meaning the state is at risk of graduating too few teachers to meet demand.

    "Experts blame the state’s rising cost of living and growing pressure to boost student performance on state tests. Research shows that concerns about salary and working conditions are deflating interest in the job."

    Both the California Legislature and the federal government started to invest in programs to reduce the teacher shortage especially in critical areas that provide services to disadvantage student populations. 
    The CSU System in November 2018 announced winning a federal grant to address teacher shortages.  In announcing the grant, CSU reported  it was " to help address the state's teacher shortage and recruit diverse teaching candidate."  and to:
    "...also focus on recruiting diverse and low-income teaching candidates, encouraging them to pursue high shortage fields of study like bilingual, STEM and computer science education, and partnerships with high-need school districts in teacher preparation and induction."
    For more information


    As far as Orange County, Chapman University did not get the OUSD Human Resources memo that Orange County has no teacher shortage. In  November 2018 Chapman University announced state grants that is allowing it to partner with two Orange County Districts- Fountain Valley and Magnolia to initiate and expand teacher residency programs. Chapman University reports:
    "Teacher Residency Capacity Grants will allow Chapman and its district partners to address California’s teacher shortage while preparing a diverse group of teachers who are dually licensed in special education (K-12) and elementary education (K-6)."

    The statewide teacher shortage has been exasperated by the cost of living in California. That is especially true in Orange County were housing prices are among the highest in the state.

    Statewide  housing costs is a major contributor to the teacher shortage leading to the large exodus of current teachers leaving California.  The number one state for California's teachers relocating is Texas. In May 2018, the Sacramento Bee and the Orange County Register reported on exodus. The Bee reported
    "From 2003 through 2016, about 18,000 more elementary and secondary school teachers left California than came from other states, according to a Bee review of U.S. Census Bureau data. The worst losses were during the height of the housing boom, when home prices were peaking, but they have continued throughout the economic recovery."

    "The state’s teacher ranks dwindled during the recession as funding dried up. Demand for teachers subsequently rose during the economic recovery.

    "California school districts estimate they will hire about 21,000 new teachers next school year, according to the state Department of Education.

    "About 11,800 teachers were credentialed through the state’s colleges during the 2016-17 school year, barely half the number credentialed a decade prior, according to the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

    "A recent survey of school districts serving a quarter of the state’s student population found that more than 80 percent hired underprepared teachers in 2017-18. Many urban school districts reported to the Learning Policy Institute that they had hired high percentages of teachers in that year who were not fully certified, including Sacramento City Unified (34 percent), Stockton Unified (54 percent) and Fresno Unified (31 percent)."

    For more information


    The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the Consumer Price Index (CPI)  in the western United States increased 2.4% over the last 12 months.

    For federal statistical purposes, Orange County is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana census area. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:
    "The annual increase in compensation costs in Los Angeles was 3.0 percent in December 2018, compared to advances that ranged from 3.8 to 0.6 percent in the three other metropolitan areas in the West (Phoenix, San Jose, and Seattle). Los Angeles’ increase in wages and salaries over this 12-month period was 3.7 percent. The other three western localities ranged from 4.1 to 3.7 percent. (See table 2.)


    Lack of affordable teacher housing that has furthered the teacher shortage is resulting in some California districts to start building housing for teachers.  In January 2019, CNBC reported on the growing trend:
    "California's housing affordability crisis has made it more difficult for school districts to attract and retain teachers, a large reflection of a problem affecting education systems across the country.

    "The challenge of luring and keeping teachers is notoriously a problem for the San Francisco Bay Area, where housing prices are among the highest in the nation. But it's become a difficult issue in other areas of the state, as well, and it has led to some districts fighting back with affordable-housing measures and other relief efforts."

    For more information

    Meanwhile, rents across California have also hit record levels:
    "California cities hold five of the Top 10 spots. San Jose comes in third, Los Angeles fifth, followed by Oakland at No. 6 and San Diego getting the ninth spot. New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Seattle and Miami finish out the rest of the Top 10.

    This probably comes to no surprise for many in the Golden State who have watched rent prices in the Bay Area skyrocket in recent years. The median for a two-bedroom in the city is $4,630".

    For more information


    Ironically, despite the high cost of Orange County housing, the state's economic recovery, real estate data  shows Orange County actually lags behind the rest of the state.


    The conclusion of the 2018 Learning Policy Institute Research Brief sums up the current statewide teacher shortage problem-that includes Orange County:
    "If state funding continues to improve, and more individuals take an interest in teaching, a change will likely occur incrementally over the next few years. Nonetheless, shortages remain a major problem. The possibility of more teachers tomorrow does nothing to help students today. Even if teacher supply eventually adjusts to meet growing demand, that change could be years in the future. In the meantime, proactive policies are necessary so that the state’s most vulnerable students do not bear the cost.
    For more information

    It appears that OUSD maybe ready ignore history and deny the signs of a perfect storm brewing.  With the OUSD Administration again in apparent denial over retaining and attracting well qualified teachers and as the OUSD Board of Education again hordes educational  tax dollars, OUSD seems poised to repeat its dark history.

    OUSD Budget: $49 million in cash
    The OUSD Agenda Item 12 B is the state requires Second Interim Budget report.  Buried deep in the numerous pages of the report (Agenda page 18) is the current figures for OUSD. 

    The report shows that the state required emergency reserve has ballooned to $8.9 million dollars. The current unspent cash is $ 40.36 million. For a total of  $49.2 million.


    School districts must reveal their budget health and file with the county and state how healthy they are. OUSD will again file a "positive" report:
    "The District will file a positive certification in regard to the ability to meet its financial obligations."

    OUSD has never filed a negative fiscal report. Throughout the Great Recession, OUSD was one of the most fiscally sound districts in the state. Yet, it's administration has routinely predicted a fiscal cliff a few years out, even when the district is flush with cash like it is currently.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING March 14, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Monday, February 11, 2019

     

    OUSD starts new Bond process


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    New OUSD Facilities Master Plan will include future "modernization and new construction" options
    A rare Tuesday Orange Unified School Board Meeting will take place on February 12, 2019. 

    Information Item 16 B (Agenda page 72*) will be a presentation on a draft proposal for bids on an updated  Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan. 
    *The bottom of page 72 mistakenly identifies the Agenda as December 12, 2018

    A new Facilities Master Plan would be needed to move forward on any future bond elections.   The agenda item clearly moves toward looking at OUSD's elementary and middle schools for facility bond upgrades.

    On page 73 of the Agenda, the first paragraph of the "SUMMARY OF DESIRED SERVICES" for Item 16B includes a list of planning needs including:
    "...new facilities assessments for the District's Elementary and Middle School locations..." .

    The list of planning service needs ends with this:
    "...and a cost benefit analysis for options including remodeling, changes of use, modernization and new construction".

    Inside the February 12th Agenda
    Action Item 15C (page 66) El Modena Pool Replacement vote
    OUSD Board will hear the recommendations for the replacement of the El Modena HS Pool.

    Informational Item 16C (page 76) with employee bargaining stalled and OUSD labor relations showing its first signs of strain in years, the OUSD Board will hear a staff presentation on the proposed Governor's  budget.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR
    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 


    OUSD in the NEWS


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING February 12, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

     

    OUSD to vote on tax re-do and Lebsack takes the lead on Health Ed

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    OUSD February 2018 tax "typo" requires re-vote on developer tax
    The Orange Unified School Board will vote to fix a 12 cent per square foot tax mistake made 11 months ago. 

    In January of 2018, the State Allocation Board authorized a bi-annual "adjustment" in the tax. After tax increases are authorized by the SAB, state law then requires school districts who want to increases taxes locally to vote to increase the tax.   The new increase becomes effective 60 days after a school board approves the new tax rate. 

    With the 2018 SAB authorization the OUSD Board voted to hike the residential development tax 8.78%* to $3.79 per square foot of residential buildings and $0.61 per square foot for commercial/industrial buildings.  The new tax rate calculates to $ 610 per 1000 square feet for Hotel/Motel developments ( a new 10,000 square foot industrial building would have a tax of $ 6,100).

    OUSD Agenda Item 12 C (page 34)  for the February 15th meeting includes the resolution to "INCREASE THE STATUTORY SCHOOL FEES" (taxes).  The Tax Resolution, by law, must lay out the justifications for the tax increase. 

    The OUSD Tax Resolutions allow for 3% of all taxes collected to go to "administrative costs" caused by the collection of the tax.

    Once a "tomboy" and still "not a prissy girl"...
    Trustee Brenda Lebsack becomes state-wide leader against new mandated Health Education framework
    OUSD Trustee Brenda Lebsack has become a state-wide leader against the new California mandated Health Education framework since OUSD's turbulent roll-out of its Health Education framework last year. (For more information click on OUSD HEALTH ED)

    Lebsack's leaped from an Orange County platform with an op-ed in the Orange County Register  to a state-wide platform with an opinion piece in the highly respected and influential mulit-media education platform  EdSource.

    Her December 2018 commentary titled  Parents,educators should scrutinize concepts of gender and sexual identity in state's health education framework is aimed at getting readers to comment on the Health Ed Framework before the January 11, 2019 input deadline.

    Writing that "The draft includes controversial teaching about sexual relations, sexual orientation and gender",   Lebsack directly quotes controversial passages from the 1,000 page draft as well as taking the process to task for not making a Spanish language version of the draft available.

    However, the most powerful writing Lebsack does is her vigilant replies to the online comments about her article. Lebsack monitored the comments for weeks, often responding with gracious rebuttal comments and poignant questions:

    Brenda Lebsack 3 weeks ago

    Alexander, I don’t mind if you disagree, this is America where free thought and free speech still exists. We are so fortunate to have these freedoms. Do you think parents should have the freedom to raise their children according to their cultural and religious values? Do you think “unlimited gender choices” should be taught to young children without parental notice and without the parent being given the right to “opt out” of this teaching? Do you believe the state’s authority over-rides parental authority? Just curious …

    In another response to a commenter, Lebsack also provides a link to a letter the ACLU ( a sponsor of the Legislation that created the California Health Framework) sent to Orange Unified when it voted to delay the implementation of the new framework last year:
    Brenda Lebsack 2 weeks ago
    Mr Rodriguez, As an educator and parent myself, I agree with you that Parents are the most important educator in a child’s life when it comes to teaching values, however the ACLU and many other powerful organizations do not agree. When my district halted a curriculum pilot for Middle School students that included many of these teachings, the ACLU sent our district a letter that stated:
    Parents do not have the right to dictate what curriculum is used or what information is provided to students in public schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that parents do not have any constitutional right “to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so.” Here is the full ACLU letter.

     (For more information click on ACLU OUSD WARNING )

    However, the last answer ( as of this posting) is a powerful self-revealing admission about growing up as a "tomboy" and being "kicked out of the girl's restroom" and her powerful self-awareness assertion  "I’m still not a prissy girl, but that does not make me any less female".   That early childhood experience leads her to reflect that the current Health Education Framework "would have caused me psychological damage and major confusion" :

    Brenda Lebsack 1 week ago

    Andy, I can only speak for myself. When I was a child I was a tomboy. Instead of playing with barbies, I played pirates and cops and robbers. I went through a phase when I just wore motorcycle t-shirts. My parents did not make a big deal about it. I never doubted I was a girl, but deep inside I wished I was a boy, because I thought boys had more fun. I looked and acted so much like a boy sometimes, that if I was in an unfamiliar environment, I would get kicked out of the girl’s bathroom. As I grew up, I changed.

    I’m still not a prissy girl, but that does not make me any less female. All I can say is, speaking for myself, these teachings would have caused me psychological damage and major confusion. As a 9 year old when I heard about female menstruation for the first time, I freaked out. It sounded like the most horrific thing in the world (and sometimes it is, LOL!).
    But as a child with an immature perception, I would have thought…”If there’s a way to get out of this, then I want it! Puberty blockers or whatever it takes.” This is just me, because I know how I thought as a kid.

    I’m grateful my parents just accepted me for who I was and did not put a label on me. I’m glad they did not use gender stereotypes to define me. Although I am now a wife and a mom, I still don’t fit in many of those feminine stereotypical roles, but isn’t that what accepting a person for who they are all about?

    Whether agreeing or disagreeing with her position on the California Health Education Framework,  Lebsack's tone and presentation of her case is an approach many elected officials  across the county can learn from. 

    To read the article CLICK on : Lebsack Ed Source commentary 

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 17, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

    ARCHIVAL Information and direct news can be found at:
    the Greater Orange News Service http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/
    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Greater Orange News Service
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    OUSD to vote on tax re-do and Lebsack takes the lead on Health Ed

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
    Independent insight into OUSD      
    a news service of
     Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    OUSD February 2018  "typo" requires a re-vote on developer tax increase

    The Orange Unified School Board will be voting to fix a 12 cent per square foot tax mistake it made 11 months ago.


    The February 17, 2019 OUSD Agenda Item 12 C ( page 48) has the OUSD Board fixing the Hotel/Motel tax increase it had approved in February of 2018. Item 12C on the February 15, 2018 OUSD Agenda was suppose to raise the tax rate to 61 cents per square foot for developments including the Hotel/Motel category.  This week's agenda states that a "typo" in 2018 listed the tax rate approved as 49 cents.

     

    In January of 2018, the State Allocation Board authorized a bi-annual "adjustment" in the tax. After tax increases are authorized by the SAB, state law then requires school districts who want to increases taxes locally to vote to increase the tax.   The new increase becomes effective 60 days after a school board approves the new tax rate. 

    With the 2018 SAB authorization the OUSD Board voted to hike the residential development tax 8.78%* to $3.79 per square foot of residential buildings and $0.61 per square foot for commercial/industrial buildings.  The new tax rate calculates to $ 610 per 1000 square feet for Hotel/Motel developments ( a new 10,000 square foot industrial building would have a tax of $ 6,100).

    OUSD Agenda Item 12 C (page 34)  for the February 15th meeting includes the resolution to "INCREASE THE STATUTORY SCHOOL FEES" (taxes).  The Tax Resolution, by law, must lay out the justifications for the tax increase. 

    The OUSD Tax Resolutions allow for 3% of all taxes collected to go to "administrative costs" caused by the collection of the tax.

    Once a "tomboy" and still "not a prissy girl"...
    Trustee Brenda Lebsack becomes state-wide leader against new mandated Health Education framework
    OUSD Trustee Brenda Lebsack has become a state-wide leader against the new California mandated Health Education framework since OUSD's turbulent roll-out of its Health Education framework last year. (For more information click on OUSD HEALTH ED)

    Lebsack's leaped from an Orange County platform with an op-ed in the Orange County Register  to a state-wide platform with an opinion piece in the highly respected and influential mulit-media education platform  EdSource.

    Her December 2018 commentary titled  Parents,educators should scrutinize concepts of gender and sexual identity in state's health education framework is aimed at getting readers to comment on the Health Ed Framework before the January 11, 2019 input deadline.

    Writing that "The draft includes controversial teaching about sexual relations, sexual orientation and gender",   Lebsack directly quotes controversial passages from the 1,000 page draft as well as taking the process to task for not making a Spanish language version of the draft available.

    However, the most powerful writing Lebsack does is her vigilant replies to the online comments about her article. Lebsack monitored the comments for weeks, often responding with gracious rebuttal comments and poignant questions:

    Brenda Lebsack 3 weeks ago

    Alexander, I don’t mind if you disagree, this is America where free thought and free speech still exists. We are so fortunate to have these freedoms. Do you think parents should have the freedom to raise their children according to their cultural and religious values? Do you think “unlimited gender choices” should be taught to young children without parental notice and without the parent being given the right to “opt out” of this teaching? Do you believe the state’s authority over-rides parental authority? Just curious …

    In another response to a commenter, Lebsack also provides a link to a letter the ACLU ( a sponsor of the Legislation that created the California Health Framework) sent to Orange Unified when it voted to delay the implementation of the new framework last year:
    Brenda Lebsack 2 weeks ago
    Mr Rodriguez, As an educator and parent myself, I agree with you that Parents are the most important educator in a child’s life when it comes to teaching values, however the ACLU and many other powerful organizations do not agree. When my district halted a curriculum pilot for Middle School students that included many of these teachings, the ACLU sent our district a letter that stated:
    Parents do not have the right to dictate what curriculum is used or what information is provided to students in public schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that parents do not have any constitutional right “to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so.” Here is the full ACLU letter.

     (For more information click on ACLU OUSD WARNING )

    However, the last answer ( as of this posting) is a powerful self-revealing admission about growing up as a "tomboy" and being "kicked out of the girl's restroom" and her powerful self-awareness assertion  "I’m still not a prissy girl, but that does not make me any less female".   That early childhood experience leads her to reflect that the current Health Education Framework "would have caused me psychological damage and major confusion" :

    Brenda Lebsack 1 week ago

    Andy, I can only speak for myself. When I was a child I was a tomboy. Instead of playing with barbies, I played pirates and cops and robbers. I went through a phase when I just wore motorcycle t-shirts. My parents did not make a big deal about it. I never doubted I was a girl, but deep inside I wished I was a boy, because I thought boys had more fun. I looked and acted so much like a boy sometimes, that if I was in an unfamiliar environment, I would get kicked out of the girl’s bathroom. As I grew up, I changed.

    I’m still not a prissy girl, but that does not make me any less female. All I can say is, speaking for myself, these teachings would have caused me psychological damage and major confusion. As a 9 year old when I heard about female menstruation for the first time, I freaked out. It sounded like the most horrific thing in the world (and sometimes it is, LOL!).
    But as a child with an immature perception, I would have thought…”If there’s a way to get out of this, then I want it! Puberty blockers or whatever it takes.” This is just me, because I know how I thought as a kid.

    I’m grateful my parents just accepted me for who I was and did not put a label on me. I’m glad they did not use gender stereotypes to define me. Although I am now a wife and a mom, I still don’t fit in many of those feminine stereotypical roles, but isn’t that what accepting a person for who they are all about?

    Whether agreeing or disagreeing with her position on the California Health Education Framework,  Lebsack's tone and presentation of her case is an approach many elected officials  across the county can learn from. 

    To read the article CLICK on : Lebsack Ed Source commentary 

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 17, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
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