No action on teacher discipline

GGUSD BOARD of Education (OC Tribune photo).

By Jim Tortolano/Orange County Tribune

The controversy over the status of a high school teacher and the larger issues of sexuality continued at Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education.

As with the July 18 meeting, the board room in the GGUSD office annex was filled, mostly with people supporting the teacher and condemning the school board in harsh terms.

Before the regular meeting that began at 7 p.m., the board met in closed session with lawyers, Superintendent Gabriela Mafi and Jason Bevacqua, assistant superintendent for personnel services and took “no action.”

Critics of the district claimed he was at risk of losing his job for allegedly violating district policy on information about pupil gender identity and sexual orientation.

A dozen speakers addressed the board, most of them speaking of the trustees and the district in harsh terms. One speaker called board members “demonic,” “perverts,” “pedophiles” and “communists.” Another accused the district of “indoctrinating students against conservative values.” A third said that “leftists destroy everything they touch.”

The next meeting of the board is scheduled for Sept. 5. The GGUSD is a K-12 system serving most of Garden Grove and parts of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

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