After passionate feedback from community members, the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) in California voted to adopt a policy banning campus flags other than those of the United States and states during a school board meeting on Tuesday.
Any other flags must now be approved by the TVUSD Superintendent.
Although a number of people at the TVUSD board meeting claimed the ban was aimed at the pride flag, the board never mentioned it had anything to do with it. with the Pride flag and said the new policy was not about a specific flag.
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“Be with the times and embrace diversity,” one speaker said during the meeting’s public comment session. “You can ban our flags, you can erase us from school textbooks, you can report us to our parents, call us groomers, but like the sun, we will shine. We don’t need an agenda for that.”
“This upsets me so much, and that’s why I’m here,” one woman said. “That I have to go to my child’s school and see a rainbow flag hanging on a wall. We don’t need to know what your personal sexual preference is.”
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Another audience member thanked Temecula Valley School Board President Joseph Komrosky, as well as school board members Jennifer Wiersma and Danny Gonzalez.
“We also know that you have been repeatedly attacked and threatened by the strong minority in Temecula for simply carrying out the will of the people,” the speaker said. “Please know that you are not alone. We are here with you – feel your pain and we support you.”
The board ultimately voted 3-2 to adopt the policy.
Komrosky told FOX News Digital that they comply with California state code, adding that the American and California flags are a symbol of unity and other flags “just don’t serve that function.”
“Fortunately, TVUSD is now sufficiently compliant with the CA Ed. Code, as the majority of the Board of Trustees passed an Administrative Regulation (AR) that ensures we have a standard American flag and a California State flag in all our classrooms, so that they can be displayed properly,” Komrosky said.
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“This way, our teachers can guide students in our daily patriotic exercise and the legally required Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. CA Ed. Codes 233.5, 38117, 52720, 52730 and 60200.5 have all supported my motivation. attitude for this necessary change, as they highlighted the concepts of patriotism and American citizenship, among others, that our students must know and put into practice.
In August, TVUSD approved a policy allowing parents to be informed if their child identifies as transgender, joining a wave of California districts pushing for this type of measure.
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This decision comes after others California School Districts — Murrieta Valley Unified School District and Chino Valley Unified School District — adopted parental notification policies, but a judge blocked Chino’s on Sept. 6. The three school districts prompted California Attorney General Rob Bonta to denounce their actions.
On Wednesday, administrators representing the Sunol Glen Unified School District in California adopted a similar policy.
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