A California school board president faces backlash for urging “Christ-centered” parents to have a say in decisions about their children’s curriculum.
Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) school board trustee Julie Leavens Hupp posted on Facebook Friday a call for “Christ-centered” and “family-centered” parents to participate in decision-making by joining an advisory committee.
Hupp’s statement was released the same day RUSD parents were able to register for the advisory committees.
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“As your school board, we have worked very hard to insist that our parents be involved in important decisions (e.g. new curriculum). Now we need you. Advisory Board nominations went out today. We need as many Christ-centered, family-oriented parents as we can.” We can serve on these committees. PLEASE take a look at what you can commit to this year. Thank you for your love and support! Together we ensure that our children are safe and prosperous!”
ABC 7 News reported that earlier this year the district asked parents to review and provide feedback on a proposed new science curriculum for students in grades 3-5.
However, Hupp’s Facebook post met resistance in the comments section and nearly 200 people responded. Some comments have called for her resignation, claiming she is violating the separation of church and state.
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“You advocate a violation of the First Amendment’s separation of church and state,” one user wrote.
“Can’t wait for your call back,” wrote another respondent.
“Call back Julie Leavens Hupp – Trustee of the Rocklin School Board – immediately!” wrote one commenter.
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“As a fellow Latter-day Saint, that is in no way appropriate. Posts like this give the impression that people with creeds exclude and don’t value others who believe otherwise. You really have to apologize,” commented another person.
However, some praised and thanked Hupp for her contribution.
“Thank you for caring about our children and our community. Some of us really appreciate the effort and will stand by you. I’m sorry for all the hate you get from everyone who demands acceptance when they don’t give acceptance. Funny how that works.” wrote one user.
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“I wish all board members were more like you. God bless you,” another person wrote.
Based in Rocklin, California, RUSD has 17 schools and 11,405 students.
A RUSD spokesman told Fox News Digital in a statement that the county was “aware” of Hupp’s social media posts.
“The Rocklin Unified School District is aware of social media posts by Board Trustee Hupp, which have been shared on many social media sites, urging people of all backgrounds to register on RUSD committees. The post being disseminated is just one of their posts. Trustee Hupp has always been proud of the diversity of our community and hopes it is represented on all of our committees.”
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