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Temecula Valley Unified School District is an education management company. The company is based in Temecula, California.

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31350 Rancho Vista Road

Temecula, California, 92592,

United States



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Lawsuit challenging Temecula Valley school district ban on critical race theory moves forward

Feb 17, 2024

| UPDATED: February 16, 2024 at 4:36 p.m. A groundbreaking lawsuit challenging the Temecula Valley school board’s ban on critical race theory instruction and its policy requiring district teachers to out transgender students to their parents can move forward, a Riverside County Superior Court judge has ruled. Keen, an attorney with Murrieta-based Advocates for Faith & Freedom went point by point through the lawsuit in an attempt to get the complaint tossed. “They (teachers) are not precluded from teaching critical race theory,” attorney Mariah Gondeiro said. “Students are allowed to be taught … as long as teachers teach the flaws in critical race theory.” Despite Gondeiro’s arguments, Keen ruled that the plaintiffs — a coalition of students, parents and teachers — made viable arguments against the district’s critical race theory ban and the transgender reporting policy. The judge set a Feb. 23 hearing on the plaintiffs’ request for an injunction that would block the school board policies. ‘First case of its kind’ “It’s a major victory,” said Amanda Mangaser Savage, an attorney with the Los Angeles-based law firm Public Counsel who is representing the plaintiffs. “This is the first case of its kind (in California) to be brought against recent critical race theory racism.” Gondeiro, who attended the hearing by phone, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. No plaintiffs attended the hearing. Scott S. Humphreys, an attorney with Ballard Spahr in Los Angeles who also represents the plaintiffs, said the tentative ruling is a “big win.” “It means if what the plaintiffs are saying is true, and we believe it is, then there is evidence to support an injunction ” blocking the school board’s controversial policies. Teachers: ‘Positive step forward’ Several Temecula Valley Unified School District teachers said they were elated by the ruling. “I am thrilled with today’s ruling, which brings a sense of justice and relief to the students of Temecula,” said Amy Eytchison, a fourth-grade teacher at Temecula Elementary. “This decision represents a significant victory for the community and underscores the importance of ensuring equitable opportunities for all students. “We remain committed to supporting and advocating for the educational rights and well-being of every student in Temecula,” she said. “This ruling marks a positive step forward in our collective efforts to create a fair and inclusive learning environment for all.” Dawn Murray Sibby, a government and world history teacher at Temecula Valley High School, added: “Today the court affirmed that TVUSD operated outside the scope of its authority when it passed these damaging resolutions. This is a welcome first step toward justice for students and educators of Temecula Valley.” The lawsuit challenges a critical race theory resolution approved on a 3-2 vote by the Temecula Valley school board in December 2022, the first meeting of the board’s conservative Christian majority. Board members Joseph Komrosky, Danny Gonzalez and Jen Wiersma voted in favor of the ban. Board members Allison Barclay and Steven Schwartz, who have often opposed initiatives of the board majority, voted no. At the time, Gonzalez, Komrosky and Wiersma contended that critical race theory was too divisive for the classroom and teaches a victim mentality to students. Mark Rosenbaum, director of Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project, called the lawsuit “the first-ever civil rights action in California challenging the imposition of curriculum censorship of what students can learn about American history, about racial and gender subject matters, and about their racial and gender identities.” The complaint alleges that the board’s resolution “prohibits the teaching of a sweeping and ill-defined range of content referred to as ‘Critical Race Theory or other similar frameworks.’ The vague Resolution hinders Temecula educators’ ability to teach State-mandated content standards, prepare for the coming academic year, and support rather than stifle student inquiry.” Critical race theory is defined by academics as a legal framework designed by scholars in the 1980s that explains how structural and racial disparities persist in American society. In court papers, Public Counsel said Temecula teachers “are self-censoring to avoid using the word ‘white’ when discussing subjects like Jim Crow segregation and European imperialism, and restricting their answers when students ask about anti-Black violence.” “Forbidden from fully discussing racial oppression, Temecula’s educators have no way to accurately and supportively guide their students in difficult but necessary discussions of topics including slavery, segregation, colonialism and immigration,” Public Counsel argued. Temecula Valley Unified School District spokesperson James Evans could not be reached for comment. School board doing its job During Friday’s hearing, Gondeiro argued the lawsuit is overly vague and attempts to penalize Temecula Valley school board members for performing their elected duties. “The case seeks to enjoin public officials from doing their job and simply conflicts with the well-established law that board members have the right to control their curriculum,” she said, adding that efforts to usurp that authority are “misplaced” and not in the public interest. Related links Humphreys vehemently disagreed. “I can’t imagine anything more in the public interest,” he said. “If a class action (lawsuit) against debt collectors can be in the public interest, this is most certainly an action that can be brought on behalf of the public.” In addition to seeking to block the critical race theory resolution, the plaintiffs also have requested an injunction against a policy requiring teachers to notify parents if their child identifies as transgender on campus. “The prospect of being forcibly outed has driven many students to suppress their identities, and local LGBT support groups have directed multiple Temecula Valley students to a mental health crisis hotline,” according to Public Counsel.

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