Manhattan Beach School Board Alert

Upcoming Meeting

August 4

At the upcoming Wednesday meeting there are two items which should be addressed by the community:
  1. Hiring a Public Information Officer (Item E. 10)
  2. Changing History-Social Sciences (HSS) Curriculum to incorporate Social Justice into the 6th – 8th grade levels as a priority. (Item E.8)
Agenda may be found here
Comments link may be found here

E. 10 Public Information Officer

At the March 3 school board meeting, the School Board was presented with a financial projection. See document here . Summary as follows:
Projected structural deficit (page 23):
FY 2021-2022 <$1.1M>
FY 2022-2023 <$4.9M>
FY 2023-2024 <$6.2M>
Ongoing concerns (page 28) reflect increasing costs.
Next steps (page 29) include identifying areas where costs can be reduced.
A reason a public entity would hire a Public Relations executive is to ensure no “bad” PR circulates. Additionally, those people typically monitor social media and report back to their employers.
Is this how a school should spend taxpayer dollars -particularly in light of the serious financial issues facing the district? Also noteworthy – no mention or reference to cost for this position.
Please write in and express your opposition.

E. 8 Social Studies Content Recommended Changes

Buried in this agenda item in a document entitled: Social Studies Overview are proposed changes to Social Studies that include continual references to “Equity, Diversity and Social Justice”. These are found at the bottom of every page under Local Priorities. Document may be found here.
Social Justice has no place in a public classroom and this is a goal of Critical Race Theorists – to turn children into Social Justice activists (see Child Soldiers of Portland newsletter). With these proposed changes, our school will be targeting children as young as 6th grade.
Please write in and insist that the EDSJ component is removed from this document and not introduced into the curriculum without full transparency.
Parents should be given an opportunity to see exactly what will be presented to the students so they may determine if inappropriate content is being taught in our middle schools.
On a related note – the EDSJI committee is meeting behind closed doors to ensure the community has no visibility to their conversations. The committee members have also been told to NOT share the conversations publicly. What are they hiding?
We ask everyone to write in and insist that not only should every EDSJI meeting be held in a public manner, they should also be recorded. Not everyone can watch 3pm meetings live. As a publicly funded school, nothing should be hidden from the public, particularly when a committee is in a position to influence curriculum for an entire school district.

CLEAR Equity Audit Document
MISSING from the agenda

The CLEAR equity audit results were complete in July, but have not been made public. We have recently been made aware that CLEAR was directed to sanitize the document prior to a public viewing and strip it of certain content.
As we have indicated in previous newsletters, CLEAR is a Critical Race Theory based organization. They do not hide their views. Our school board should not hide the truth from the community. The original report in its entirety should be made available to the community.
Write the school board and insist that the original version be presented ASAP to the community. They need to conclude the contract with CLEAR and no more taxpayer funds or time should be expended on this firm.

Happening Now!

MB:  At the October 20 board workshop, MBUSD gave the go ahead to implement every recommendation from CLEAR, the CRT based entity. 
RB:  The school board is now talking about creating a Social Justice Committee in order to weave Social Justice throughout the curriculum.  Read about the California proposed math framework (Putting The Pieces of the Puzzle Together newsletter) in which math is no longer just math, it is about Social Justice.  In the world of Social Justice, Excellence in Education takes a back seat as ideology takes center stage in the classroom.  
HB:  the PTO is discussing the cancellation of the cherished Father Daughter dance. Fathers are an important part of a girl’s life and should be celebrated. All fathers should speak out against this – it is part of the overall push against the family unit.