Promoting the Gay Agenda in the classroom

Parents Sue School District Over Secrecy Surrounding Lesbian Minister’s Visit
City: Sacramento, CA
May 6, 2009

More than twenty parents filed suit yesterday against the Castro Valley Unified School District, after the District refused to comply with a public records request. The parents are represented by staff attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute.

The parents sought more information after learning from their children that a lesbian minister had been invited by the school to speak to math and science classes at Castro Valley High School. According to students, the minister spoke about her lesbian wedding and similar events under the heading “Out for Good.” Pacific Justice Institute sent a public records request to the school on the parents’ behalf, seeking all records related to the minister’s presentations, as well as any records demonstrating the connection between the minister’s talk and the math and science curriculum.

In response, the school district flatly refused to provide the records. To the astonishment of PJI attorneys, the District invoked the clergy-penitent privilege – ordinarily used to shield ministers from testifying in court about confessions made to them in private. PJI filed a writ petition yesterday in Alameda Superior Court to compel release of the records.

“It’s a mystery to us why the district chose to take such a hard-line approach with these parents who simply wanted all the information they are entitled to about this minister’s visit,” noted PJI Chief Counsel Kevin Snider. “But the parents have a strong right under California law to examine the curriculum and materials associated with in-class presentations, and we intend to vindicate that right.”

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “Parents are the first and foremost educators of their own children. Castro Valley’s refusal to honor these parents’ request for basic information reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the school’s proper role as helping – not replacing – parents.”
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logoThe Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties.
P.O. Box 276600 Sacramento, CA 95827-6600
Phone: (916) 857-6900 Fax: (916) 857-6902 Internet: www.pacificjustice.org


Comments

  1. Conservative does not mean Republican says

    I thoroughly enjoyed attending quality public schools. However, by the time my kids enter school, I feel private/charter schools might be the only option. There are too many stories like this one that are bound to be more prevalent as time goes on. I’m glad organizations like the Goldwater Institute fight for the important issue of school choice.

  2. Hmmm… so why are American kids falling behind in math and science? Obviously the teachers are very focused on teaching the subject at hand.

  3. Anne Trumbo says

    Parents in Novato, confronted by a similar situation, got enough signatures to demand a recall of school board members. They were thus able to, by an election, change the composition of the school board completely.
    Aren’t the school district officials in Castro Valley elected officials? If so, they can be recalled.

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