At Thursday’s School Board meeting, two people from the community shared posters copied from the ACSA website listing the workshops offered at their upcoming “Lead with Pride” conference to be held here in San Diego in May. One of them also shared the picture of the keynote speaker, ALOK, that was found on the ACSA website publicizing this event. The ACSA, the Association of California School Administrators, is “the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 educators. ACSA’s top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12…Our mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond.” The workshops offered at this conference are exclusively concerned with LGBTQIA and transgender issues; titles include “Supporting Transgender Youth in K-12 settings” and “The Alphabet Soup Can be Confusing: Helping Your Staff Become Allies.” The keynote speaker, ALOK, was heavily bearded and was wearing a very elaborate, colorful gown.

Those presenting this information to the board on Thursday night asked school board members if they were aware of this event, if district funds supported the ACSA, and if anyone was planning on attending. They both said they hoped Coronado’s school administrators and school board members would focus more on academics (and not as much on gender division).

Following their presentations, a few individuals stood up and expressed their outrage at the “vitriol” and “homophobia” expressed by “some members” of the community.

I was stunned by these accusations. If you look at the video recording of the board meeting, you too will see that the ACSA conference details (found on the website) were merely copied and shared with board members and that the presenters uttered no homophobic or vitriolic comments.

I am very concerned that so many people seem to believe that it is acceptable to condemn and vilify anyone they think does not agree with them. Differences of opinion are a part of life and should be explored— so long as the focus remains on the issues and the discussion does not degenerate into personal attacks. Especially in the context of public education, the goal should be to build bridges of understanding, and this will not occur until everyone is committed to kind, respectful and honest discourse.

VOL. 113, NO. 17 - April 26, 2023

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