November 11, 1994 |
Voters in suburban Vista have recalled two members of a Christian conservative bloc on the school board, which had gained national attention by seeking to impose a strait-laced approach to sex education. The third member of the bloc opted not to seek reelection to the Vista board, which sets policy for a middle-income, racially diverse district of 22 schools and 22,000 students.
March 14, 1995 |
Never in her wildest dreams did Barbara Donovan imagine running for office, let alone winning a seat on the school board that California education authorities once called "the most closely watched in the state." Nor could she have predicted the issues she would inherit as a new board member: Creationism. Prayer in the schools. A ban on free breakfast programs for underprivileged children. Sex education programs that preached abstinence mixed with fundamentalist religious doctrine.
January 22, 1993 |
An overflow crowd of several hundred jammed a school auditorium Thursday night, with many accusing the city's newly elected school board of dividing the community along lines of race and religion. More than three dozen speakers assailed or defended school board members for injecting into public debate the issue of creationism in the science curriculum and whether to hire, with district funds, four new lawyers known for their involvement in right-wing causes.
January 21, 1993 |
At Allen's Alley Cafe, the noontime conversation these days often turns to a hot topic: The city's school board, whose new members make up what many call a right-wing, Bible-beating majority bent on change. Skeptical parents envision a new era in which sex education classes serve as pulpits for preaching against abortion, and science courses teach that God created Earth in seven days.
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."
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.