In the quaint little town of Palos Verdes, the almost rural little city on the hill, School Board Members have violated multiple Eduction Codes and Parental Rights. Under the veil of an Emergency Order, School Board Member, Rick Phillips, has steered the Board in favor of a totalitarian approach to COVID. For Two Years, COVID-19 has appeared on the Palos Verdes School Board Agenda as Agenda Item J:1.
A School Board is supposed to operate under strict Government Regulations and defend The Constitution of The United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Before taking office, each School Board Member swears an Oath to The Constitution.
In the past two years, we have witnessed the complete destruction of the Oath of Office from every level of Government, from the Local School Board to The President of the United States, and it is time to stop these domestic enemies in our Country.
Our US Government is brilliantly designed with checks and balances so that no one person or institution has too much power or influence. Individual Parents and Community Members have the right to attend all School Board Meetings and speak up about any practice they believe is unfair or needs attention. Even at the Local School Board Level, we have Teacher's Unions and The Parent Teacher's Association to keep the School Board in check and vice versa. The unfortunate reality is there is not a Parents' Union or a Student Union that represents the needs of our most vulnerable, the little kids.
POLITICS is not a dirty word, but we have witnessed a lot of dirty business practices where businesses put profit over people, and Schools are no exception to this dirty business. Politics should be about making agreements between people to live together in harmony. But how do we live together in harmony when Politicians seek to control us rather than liberate us? We have policies for that and legal ways to hold Politicians accountable for Government Overreach, but the process takes time and dedication to learn how to win. The battle is with the pen rather than the sword and anyone can fight with a pen.
We know that policies guide actions. Personal biases, individual insecurities, and a desire to keep the majority happy in favor of winning votes influence actions. But we know evil triumphs when good people do nothing. It is a rare gem to find when you witness a Politician doing what is right rather than what is popular.
Before each School Board Meeting, The Executive Director, or in Palos Verdes, we call him the Superintendent, prepares the agendas for all special and regular meetings of the Board of Directors.
An agenda item is one point or distinct part of a meeting agenda that can be specified separately from a group of issues to be considered in a meeting. The meeting facilitator can create agenda items who may also invite the meeting participants to request them.
Board policies are rules that district school boards adopt to control the school district's actions and provide standards for students and school staff. Some board policies call for the district's Superintendent to create and enforce more detailed rules, called administrative regulations, for how the policies will be implemented. District school boards can also adopt resolutions, which occasionally have the same effect as board policies.
Often Board Meetings are a snore-fest of crossing t's and dotting i's. A typical School Board Meeting is anywhere from three hours to six, and they happen every other week. The most exciting meetings have all been about COVID. And, throughout the town history, the other roaring meetings involved some weird sex scandal, a sexual harassment case, and an uprising about crimes on campus. Lately, the rumor is something about the embezzlement of money from a mom in town from a coach, but we don't have the facts on that, just the stirring of curiosity. We can't wait to watch that one. But mostly, School Board Meetings are about Education and Finance. The best depiction of what goes on there is in Office Space - one of my all-time favorite movies.
I had to throw some humor in there. But School Board Meetings are essential because the Policies affect our kids and our community. So, we have to pay attention, get involved and prioritize time to at least know who the best candidate is for future elections.