March 22, 1994 |
Opponents of this city's embattled school board lashed out Monday at its conservative Christian majority, threatening a lawsuit over its decision last week to adopt a controversial sex education program that may be in violation of state law. "I expect a legal challenge to this," said Mark Salo, director of Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside counties. "It appears to me that the board acted in violation of the law."
March 19, 1994 |
In a decision that may be challenged in court, the school board of this San Diego-area city voted Friday to adopt a controversial sex education program with religious overtones that preaches a strict message of sexual abstinence and avoids the mention of contraception. Sex Respect, which has been legally challenged in school districts across the country, was chosen by the school board over a state-sanctioned family life program, despite costing $30 more per student.
August 14, 1993 |
The embattled but resilient Christian right majority of the Vista school board early Friday achieved what its three members had been promising for months: It formally opened the door to the teaching of creationism in the city's public schools.
May 23, 1993 |
The Vista Unified School District directors met Thursday night. More than 500 people showed up--even though it meant skipping the final episode of "Cheers." To accommodate the crowd, the meeting was conducted in a borrowed gymnasium here rather than in the regular boardroom in neighboring Vista. The draw was Agenda Item 16a: "Board Discussion of Proposed Policy 6019, Teaching Science."
May 21, 1993 |
Hundreds of parents crowded into a middle school gymnasium Thursday night and shouted opinions about whether their children should be taught creationism in the public schools of nearby Vista. The meeting was moved to accommodate the large crowd and dozens of reporters, who listened to more than 40 speakers debate a proposed science policy that drew the threat of a lawsuit this week.
May 20, 1993 |
A nationally watched debate that may ultimately be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court has captivated this normally quiet San Diego County community, as a fundamentalist Christian majority on the city's education board moves toward a policy mandating the teaching of creationism in public schools. In January, the three-member majority of the Vista Unified School District board assured anxious parents that they would not champion what many feared would be the beginnings of a pro-creationism agenda.