Kristine, an anonymous whistleblower and educator in the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) for more than 15 years, says “a huge group” of CVUSD teachers and staff are deeply troubled by the district’s sudden emphasis on “the over-sexualization of children at any age” and the processes created to exclude parents from discussions about sexuality and gender that their children have secretly with teachers and staff.
“It puts school staff in a very awkward situation,” Kristine says. “It feels very dirty, like you’re hiding behind the parents’ back. Because you are.”
Already, administrators are getting sharp blowback from parents furious that the CVUSD allowed their child to go by another “gender identity” and different pronouns at school without ever informing parents of what was happening.
“It has to do with taking away a parent’s rights and doing things behind a parent’s back,” says Kristine. “That’s the part that’s making all of us uncomfortable. … Why do we have to bring in this anti-scientific gender ideology? Why are we pushing this so hard, so it’s the focus of everything instead of kids enjoying themselves, especially after a pandemic?”
Many local educators refuse to put their name on the so-called Student Support Plan (SSP) document — which promotes homosexuality and gender dysphoria to students in secret — without the blessing of a parent. (See the full document and related article in this issue.)
As a result, many educators are “wrestling with what our faith and our moral values and our family values, what we say and what we’re being tasked to do,” Kristine says. “There’s a very large group of us … pushing back against what we’re being asked to do behind parents’ backs and the curriculum of showing a 7th-grade kid how to have a*** sex. That’s what they’re teaching 7th-grade kids right now, and it’s disgusting.”
Parents, she says, don’t understand what’s being taught in sex-ed “because the kids are embarrassed. They don’t want to show their parents or talk about it.”
The district has become almost unrecognizable to many veteran teachers and staff members in the past year due to the district’s obsession with sexualizing children.
“You could go to previous superintendents with any concern, and they would listen,” Kristine says. “This administration, you can’t bring anything up to them. They wouldn’t listen to you. The leaders [are] pushing down this curriculum and mandates and new rules asking us to go behind parents’ backs. It has staff members divided against each other, families divided against one another, and now students divided against one another.”
California’s Department of Education, in league with teachers’ unions and local school leaders, is using so-called Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts to cement control for a narrow political and moral viewpoint — and forcing people of conscience and faith out. CVUSD and other Ventura County districts moved quickly in 2021, using millions in “COVID money,” to recruit administrators who are willing to push DEI training and enforcement down to the staff and classroom level without allowing room for dissent.
“We are so top-heavy at the administrative level, and that’s driving so much of what we’re being asked to do at school sites,” says Kristine. “The sad part is that administrators can’t speak against it because, for the first time since I’ve been in this district, it’s a very top-down school district. Our administrators are not allowed to speak their true feelings, or they’ll get let go.”
With all the talk of “inclusion” and “diversity,” people of faith are not being heard or respected, she says.
“We’re praying that the courts [intervene] so we don’t lose our jobs,” Kristine says. “There are many staff members who are wanting to move. Many feel stuck because they love our kids, our communities and our families.”
“The scarier part,” she says, “is if we don’t [exclude parents and affirm students’ gender confusion], then what are the consequences going to be? Because this is coming down from administration, so if we don’t do this SSP or call a child by the pronouns they’re wanting even without a parent’s blessing, are we going to be in trouble for that?”
‘We’re being asked to go behind parents’ backs’
In the past, she said educators had to sign a letter that said politics are not supposed to be in the classroom. Now politics pervade the educational environment, calling forth tremendous resistance.
“When half your staff is saying this is political, you’ve got to listen to them,” Kristine says.
CVUSD employees are greatly encouraged by pushback from parents against the district’s aggressive child-sexualization goals. Next year, the real fight begins, Kristine believes. This year was about laying groundwork and putting people in place who offer no resistance to DEI in whatever form it takes.
“At some point, we’re going to have to take a stand and say, no, I’m not calling that child by a pronoun. No, I’m not calling that child by a name when their parents don’t know,” she says. “That’s where it’s going to become legal for us, and we have to figure out what side of the fence we’ll be on.”
Local educators simply want to “get back to teaching academics and letting the morals and values of whether you’re left, right or center be taught at home,” she says.
“Before, people would ask me, ‘Is your school district doing this or that?’ when you started hearing crazy stuff coming down,” Kristine says. “I said, ‘No, my school district stays out of this. It’s all about the kids.’ That is no longer the case.”