Rocklin Unified School District considers cuts to arts, music, sports programs

By Marlei Martinez

Updated: 6:41 AM PST Feb 12, 2020 

ROCKLIN, Calif. —

More than 200 people filled the Rocklin Unified School District board meeting Tuesday night to oppose potential budget cuts, including funding for arts, music and sports programs.

According to the district, it needs to cut $3.3 million. In a statement, the district said the budget reductions are needed because increases in state funding do not cover the district’s increasing costs, the district is getting less increased funding than projected by the state and the district is projecting slower enrollment growth.

Proposed cuts include the elementary music program, funding for music and performing arts equipment and the freshmen sports program.

Private music instructor Cynthia Howton sounded off in response to the recommended cuts with a violin performance at the meeting.

“If you cut off the programs, you’re actually cutting off children’s abilities to have these careers that are so impactful,” she said.

Concerned parents like Shanyn McMullin filled the meeting room.

“My kids wouldn't be who they are today if it wasn't for music,” said McMullin.

Both of her sons, one of whom recently received a music scholarship to college, grew up in the elementary school music program, which may be on the chopping block.

“It broke my heart when I saw that that's what they wanted to consider. And they have to know what makes this world is the professional arts and the vocational arts and the performing arts is what makes our world go together,” she said.

Instead of trimming funding for the arts, families and teachers are eyeing different cuts.

“We’re a little top-heavy with management salaries in areas that we could cut and not impact a single kid in our district,” said Travis Mougeotte.

Mougeutte is the teachers’ union president.

“Rocklin preaches excellence in education. It’s right there on the wall behind me,” he said. “And it’s hard to provide excellent education when you cut programs and expect top 10% percentile performance out of teachers, but give bottom-percentile funding resources to do so.”

The cuts are something board members said they are not taking lightly.

“Clearly, we've got really difficult issues to grapple with. And we do want this to be a partnership,” said school board trustee Eric Stevens.

In a statement from the school district spokeswoman Diana Capra, the district calls the recommendations “difficult” and said: “There has been a deliberate effort made to keep reductions away from the classroom and schools, which is why increasing class size, reductions in mental health support for students, and reduction in safety measures are not being recommended."

The district plans to make a decision on budget cuts at the next board meeting March 4. Until then, students like Olivia Moffat, a senior who is heading off to study music in college, hope for the best for the upcoming class.

“It’s really important because it can help people realize what they’re meant to do in life. It really helped me realize what I’m meant to do,” she said.


No summer school in Rocklin? It’s among the possible cuts the district will discuss


FEBRUARY 11, 2020 01:53 PM 

Rocklin Unified School District is considering cutting staff, janitorial services, music program staff and summer school as it tries to slash $3.3 million dollars to close its budget gap.

The district says the deficit is due to increased pension costs and that it received less funding than projected by the state. The district is also is projecting slower enrollment growth in the coming years, which will affect its funding.

The final decision to lay staff off and cut educational services won’t be made until a March school board meeting, but board members will meet Tuesday night to explore their many options on reductions and how they could impact students.

Eliminating summer school would save $120,000 over the course of three years, but would negatively impact students from disadvantaged backgrounds and English learners, according to the district’s presentation.

The district is considering cutting staff positions to its elementary music program to save about $800,000 and removing one district librarian, leaving only one to roam between 16 schools.

“The recommendations are difficult and could have impacts throughout the district,” read a district statement to The Sacramento Bee. “There has been a deliberate effort made to keep reductions away from the classroom and schools, which is why increasing class size, reductions in mental health support for students, and reduction in safety measures are not being recommended.”

Rocklin Unified will hold its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2615 Sierra Meadows Drive in Rocklin.

The district will approve the budget reductions and possible layoffs at its March 4 board meeting.

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Uninformed Senator Connie Leyva, Rejects Parents’ Concerns

RE: CA Senate Bill 673

More than 125 concerned parents and citizens packed the senate education committee’s hearing on January 15 in support of SB 673, a Comprehensive Sexual Education transparency bill. Authored by Senator Mike Morrell, SB 673 asked for schools to require an active opt-in if Comprehensive Sexuality Education would be taught in grades younger than 7th grade. Additionally, the bill sought to require schools to post CSE materials online, to make it easier for parents to review. 

Committee chair, Senator Connie Leyva, soundly rejected parents’ requests, claiming the curricula is completely age-appropriate. 

Parents Parents Clash with State Senator Over Parental Rights & Sex Ed in Contentious Capitol Hearing

By Greg Burt on January 27, 2020 in EducationFamilyLawRights


“I’m not immoral. I’m not a liar… . It’s not condescending,” Senator Connie Leyva said defending herself before a crowd of offended parents gathered in the Senate Education Committee at California’s state capitol earlier this month. Her audience of over 140 were there to advocate for a sex education transparency bill, SB 673, Senator Mike Morrell had introduced for elementary school students.

Leyva’s cries of innocence came after her audience reacted to being told their overblown reaction to sex education lessons, she considered “age-appropriate,” was due to misinformation about what is in the curriculum. Leyva also speculated the controversy generated by the state’s sex education stemmed from parents “afraid” to talk to their children about sex.

Those comments didn’t go over well with parents and organizations who have been monitoring the increasingly graphic sexuality lessons being introduced to younger and younger children since the implementation of California’s comprehensive sex education law, AB 329. One of those parents was Denise Pursche. She testified at the hearing of how Mt. Diablo Unified School District officials stonewalled her attempts to see 11 comprehensive sex education lessons for her twin fifth graders. According to Denise, once she finally got to see the content after a month of asking, she understood why the district was hiding the sexually graphic curriculum. Denise said some of the lessons were definitely not age-appropriate for her 10-year-olds. (See one of the lessons here.)

To ensure parental oversight and to prevent the sex education curriculum from being hidden from parents, Denise decided to draw up a legislative proposal that turned into SB 673. The bill had two simple provisions: It required school districts that teach elementary-age comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention to put that curriculum online for easy and convenient parental review. Secondly, it restores the right of parents of elementary-age students (TK-6th grade) to opt their children into comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education courses, rather than passively opt their children out.

Over the past several months, Senators on the Senate Education Committee received tens of thousands of letters and phone calls in support of SB 673. On top of this, 47,500 people signed an online petition advocating for the bill.

Then on January 15 parental rights and faith-based organizations, including the California Family Council, gathered supporters at the capitol as the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Leyva, heard testimony for and against SB 673. The hearing remained tame at the beginning.

Witnesses for the bill, like National Center for Law and Policy President Dean Broyles, reiterated how the Supreme Court had repeatedly affirmed that parents have “the fundamental right to direct the care and upbringing of their children, not the state.”  He told stories of how his organization had received many complaints from families across California who faced “barriers to accessing and reviewing the sexuality programs in their schools.”  

Also speaking in favor of SB 673 was Dr. Ahmed Soboh, a dentist and the chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. “Every parent no matter your age, your gender, or your religion cares about the freedom to educate and protect their children,” Soboh testified. “I cannot clean kids’ teeth without a very detailed consent signed by one of the parents… . I’m sure that cleaning the teeth of a 10-year-old boy or girl is much less serious than teaching them about sexuality.”

Testifying in opposition to the bill were representatives from the California State PTA and Equality California. An opt-in “creates a barrier that would result in students being unnecessarily and unintentionally withheld from class and deny many students who are low income, homeless, or in foster care the public education they deserve because of other parents’ views,” argued Tami Martin, Legislative Manager for Equality California.

Marilyn Lucey, speaking on behalf of 700,000 California PTA members, said her organization didn’t like the opt-in parent signature required by the bill, but was favorable to requiring sex education lessons being put online for easy access. 

After several legislators asked questions and made statements, the hearing became tense after Sen. Leyva starting making remarks that upset the audience. It started when Denise testified that her own superintendent wanted to offer an opt-in for sex education lessons, “but the law prohibited it.” Leyva piped up immediately speaking directly to Denise. “I would say to your superintendent, below seventh grade, K-6, every elementary school district in the state has the opt-in right.” This was a false statement, and the parents in the crowd knew it. Leyva’s own legislative analysis states existing law “prohibits a school district from requiring active parental consent (“opt-in”) for sexual health education for pupils of any grade.” 

Senator Morrell tried to correct her, but she doubled down. “It’s already there, Senator Morrell,” Leyva insisted. 

The trouble escalated near the end of the hearing when Levya took the opportunity to give parents a “lecture,” as Senator Morrell called it, about parenting. After telling parents how she allowed her twin daughters to receive sex education in school, she questioned whether parents in the audience had even looked at the curriculum.

“I don’t know how many folks in the room have read the education material that would be presented. There is nothing in there that is not age-appropriate,” Leyva said, with some audience members unable to contain their frustration. “I don’t lie,” the Senator said responding to a parent in the crowd. 

Levya then proceeding to say there are rumors out there saying that California’s sex education curriculum includes teaching about anal sex, kinky sex, phone sex, etc.  “If you look at the curriculum it is not there,” she insisted. Many of her audience members knew this wasn’t true. For example here is a high school sex education lesson from a popular California publisher called “Be Real. Be Ready.” that encourages students to review in class a website called Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World. The website includes graphic details about all the sexual practices, and then some, Levya said wasn’t “there.” 

Then Levya said something many parents considered condescending. “I think what part of the problem is, is people are afraid to talk to their children about sex,” she accused.

At this point, sensing she was losing control of her hearing, Levya turned to Senator Morrell for help. “Senator Morrell, maybe you can ask your witnesses to be respectful of the process,” she said.

Turning to the crowd Morrell tried to settle them down. “I would ask you to be respectful,” he said. Then turning back to Leyva Morrell said, “but also they’re parents you are lecturing, so…”

“I’m not lecturing,” Leyva shot back. “I’m giving my opinion. You know what, but we’re done. I’m recommending a no vote on the bill.” And with that statement, the debate was over. Morrell gave closing remarks and then the committee voted. Democrat senators Maria Elena DurazoSteven M. GlazerConnie LeyvaMike McGuireRichard Pan voted no, while Republican senators Scott Wilk and Ling Ling Chang voted yes. 

Despite the defeat on this bill, the issue of sex education transparency and the rights of parents to oversee and supervise what children learn in public school continues. There is talk of splitting SB 673 into several bills and reintroducing them this legislative session. Details of that plan will be released in the next several weeks. 

At a rally on the step of the capitol before the hearing, Morrell told parents, “I believe the battleground for the soul of America starts right here in California. … Proverbs says that the duty of a parent is to leave an inheritance to our children’s children… that’s beyond money… Parents should have rights. The government bureaucracy has become too big too powerful dictating to us what our kids should learn.”

  • Unedited video of the SB 673 hearing before the Senate Education Committee.


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I was a sex educator trained by Planned Parenthood; here is what I taught your kids

by Monica Cline | September 05, 2019 12:00 AM

​As a former Title X training manager and sex educator for 10 years, I got a close-up view into the world of Planned Parenthood and sex education.

On one hand, Title X is a program that serves women and families by helping them access family planning medical services. On the other hand, it’s also the perfect vehicle for Planned Parenthood to promote social change by utilizing its well-meaning prevention education to proselytize youth toward sexual promiscuity and abortion. It’s the perfect business plan for a lifelong customer, and it's being backed by trusted government programs for Title X and HIV prevention.

So, how did we get from planning for a family and healthy births to risky sexual behavior and abortion? Through sex education.

The first lesson I learned in my sex education training is to assume that adolescents have done anything and everything when it comes to sex and that if they haven’t, they will.

It was 1997, and I was a new HIV prevention educator at a local gay organization. Planned Parenthood was across the street, and the director of sex education welcomed me in for a personalized training on how to reach and teach adolescents about sex. She told me several horror stories about young girls coming into the clinic with injuries, objects, and pregnancy. Some were as young as 10 years old. I sat there disturbed by what I heard, and I wanted to do my part to help these girls. I said, “You’ve convinced me. Teach me how to teach girls not to have sex.”

“No, dear!” she patted me on the knee, “We’re not going to teach them not to have sex. We’re going to teach them how to do it safer. We meet them where they’re at and teach them to do it safer.”

I argued that they were too young to be having sex and that what was happening was wrong and not safe. She insisted that we could teach them to have sex in safer ways and that anything else, i.e. not having sex, was judging them for their choice. I trusted her because she was the “expert.”

This is what I taught. Remember the first lesson? View your audience as if they have done it all and then teach them how to do it safer. Since most adolescents are nervous to speak about sex, we begin the lesson with an icebreaker, which is geared to reduce the children’s natural inhibitions to prepare them for the sex education lessons. The educator asks the kids to shout out or go to the board and write all the slang terms for reproductive body parts or sexual activities. You can imagine how crass this becomes.

At first, they nervously say a few worlds, but when they notice the educator is encouraging them, they fully participate. The quiet ones in the group get used to it too. By the end of this activity, there is a collage of illicit sexual terms and activities written all over the board. The kids begin to believe that this is part of healthy sex education. The terms are dehumanizing, and the activity serves to restructure their thoughts about their bodies, others' bodies, and the act of sex. Sexual intimacy is redefined from being special, for marriage or for having babies, to being crass, seeking pleasure over meaningful relationships, accepting STDs as a way of life, and terminating the lives of babies so we can worship our sexual rights without hindrance.

What’s next? Now that the foundation has been laid out and sexual activity has been reduced to a recreational activity, it’s time to talk about vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, and all the bodily fluids that put them at risk of contracting an STI. All forms of sexual activity are normalized.

Parents are purposely left out. Parents are powerful, possessing a natural instinct to protect their children, and Planned Parenthood wants to undermine that. That is why they say, “Parents are a barrier to service.” The only good parent to Planned Parenthood is the parent who agrees with their ideology. The rest of us need to be made irrelevant, and the organization has great counseling skills to help make us irrelevant in the eyes of our children.

I know, because I witnessed it.

This type of sex education does not protect our youth. It only serves to encourage them to explore all sexual activities and places a burden on them that they are not prepared to bear. Will Planned Parenthood continue to educate our youth about sex? Of course, they’ll try. Planned Parenthood and other like-minded organizations have been collaborating for years to establish illicit sex education in our schools and communities. Remember, it’s big money for them.

Want to know the fix? Reclaim parenthood. Don’t check out on your kids. Engage with them and take the lead in their lives. Parents are the sole authority over our children, and our children are waiting for us to lead. And let’s not let our taxpayer monies fund organizations like Planned Parenthood. Meet the people running for office, ask them questions, research their voting records, and vote. Parents are the most hopeful people I know. We want the best for our children. Our goal is for our kids to turn out better than ourselves.

Organizations like Planned Parenthood do not aspire for more in our children’s lives. Their answer to happiness and empowerment is to have sex, use a condom, get tested, treated, and have an abortion.

If you have fallen victim to this ideology, I’m right there with you. Don’t feel bad. I used to live this way too. But when I rejected Planned Parenthood, I found a new way that is full of hope, empowerment, and one that puts me in line with the best interest of my child. All children deserve this kind of hope as well.

Monica Cline is a speaker, parent educator, and founder of It Takes A Family. She was trained by and collaborated with Planned Parenthood for 10 years.

Planned Parenthood ‘Grooms’ Girls For Abortions Using Sex Ed,

Former Sex Educator Says

  • Former sex educator Monica Cline told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Planned Parenthood “grooms” children for abortion.

  • Cline worked as a sexual health education instructor with Planned Parenthood for ten years.

  • Planned Parenthood taught her to teach children about every type of sexual activity, she says, because the organization assumes children already do these things.

  • Former sex educator Monica Cline said Planned Parenthood pushes sex education that “grooms” children for promiscuity and leads to abortion.

“It was very explicit,” Cline said, revealing she was told she must discuss all sexual topics with students, including, “Oral, vaginal, and anal sex, and the use of sex toys.” 

The director showed Cline several Planned Parenthood case studies that showed girls as young as 10 years old coming to Planned Parenthood for help with injuries, the removal of foreign objects and abortions. The studies convinced Cline that something must be done to help these young women.

“Wow, you’ve convinced me,” she said she told the educator. “How do I teach these girls not to have sex?”

“No dear, we aren’t teaching them not to have sex,” the educator told her. “We are teaching them how to do it safer.”


Planned Parenthood teaches students risk reduction rather than teaching children how to have healthy relationships and to date in groups, Cline said.

“Risk reduction is simply telling them how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” she explained. “The next step is to make them understand they need to be tested for STD’s every couple months.”


Planned Parenthood’s sex education grooms students for promiscuity, Cline believes, and this promiscuity leads them to abortion. “The sex education grooms them for promiscuity. Grooms them for STD treatment, and grooms them for abortion,” she said.

“Teens are being given false ideas that condoms will cover all the bases,” Cline added. “They do tell them to get tested and treated – which means coming back to the clinic – and if they are pregnant they are encouraged to get an abortion.”

As a sexual health educator, Cline says she was taught to identify with what students are going through and ultimately lead them to choose abortion.

“We were supposed to identify what they are going through, “Cline explained, “Say, ‘you’re just a teenager, the last thing you want is a baby.’ Identify with her fears. ‘Your parents are probably going to be so mad at you. We can take care of this for you, it’s not a problem.'”

2 California Moms Sound Alarm About Lewd Sex Ed Coming to Schools

In California, thanks to the passage of a new law, there is now what’s called “comprehensive sex ed”—and it’s extremely unpleasant stuff. Today, we’ll speak to two parents from Rocklin, California, who are leading parent opposition in their community to what they consider obscene and pornographic curriculum. They’ll explain the concerning details about content that could soon reach more classrooms across America. Read the interview, posted below, or listen on the podcast:

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Placer County Republican Party Asks for School Board Resignations


RUSD curriculum prompts 'Sit out'

By Joshua Gutierrez

May 09, 2019 7:01 PM

Some 650 elementary students across Rocklin Unified School District were absent last Friday in protest of the board’s recent approval of a new curriculum that identifies historical figures as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

The coordinated protests stem from a 3-2 decision by the Board of Trustees following an hours-long debate that culminated at 1 a.m. May 2. Board members Camille Maben, Eric Stevens and Rick Miller supported the motion, while Susan Halldin and Dereck Counter were in opposition.

Informed Parents of Rocklin spokeswoman Rachel Crutchfield said Friday’s “sit out” was to show the district just how many parents opposed the decision.

“We also had many families who told us afterward that if they had known about the sit out, they would have kept their kids home that day as well,” Crutchfield said. “Our numbers are growing daily but there are still many parents in the district that don’t know what’s about to show up in their children’s textbooks next year. And a large percentage of those (parents) that do know are not comfortable with it.

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Parents Protest Approved LGBT Curriculum by Keeping Children Out of School

KTXL - Sacramento • May 6, 2019

Parents objecting to a California school board's decision to include a curriculum in the early grades touting the achievements of LGBT people did not allow their children to go to class Friday in protest. They say at least 700 students stayed home in the 12,000 student district.

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Parents pull 650 children from school to protest LGBT curriculum: 'Let kids be kids'

Elise Solé

Yahoo Lifestyle

May 10, 2019

Parents filled a school board meeting at Granite Oaks Middle School to argue the vote. “We believe that anyone who has made a significant contribution to society should, of course, be included in our history textbooks,” said Rachel Crutchfield, a spokesperson for Informed Parents of Rocklin, according to The Sacramento Bee. “However, the concept of sexual orientation is far too complex of a topic for elementary-aged children to be introduced to at school. Children in second grade simply do not have the tools to comprehend sexuality, nor do we want them to. Let’s let kids be kids.”

Rachel Henry, of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “We know that teaching children tolerance, love, and kindness isn’t enough — we have to actively teach about diversity within our community. Because if we’re not naming those identities, we’re ignoring and silencing them.”

“The existence of LGBTQ people is not a ‘sensitive issue,’” she says. “We’re just fighting against the idea that straight is ‘normal.’ Aside from gay marriage — which is only one aspect of equality — gay people still aren’t a federally-protected class.”

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School Brass OKs Curriculum With LGBT Figures After Debate 


By Associated Press, Wire Service Content May 2, 2019, at 3:25 p.m.

ROCKLIN, CALIF. (AP) — A Northern California school district narrowly approved a new curriculum that includes contributions made by LGBT figures.

The Rocklin Unified School District approved the curriculum in a 3-2 vote that came after a heated debate in a packed school board meeting that lasted past midnight, the Sacramento Bee reported .

Opponents said elementary students were too young to learn that historical figures identified as gay or lesbian.

"The concept of sexual orientation is far too complex of a topic for elementary-aged children to be introduced to at school," said Rachel Crutchfield, spokeswoman for Informed Parents of Rocklin.

Crutchfield said she agrees with including LGBT leaders in history curriculum, but that it should be done in later grades when students can comprehend "complex sexual topics."

But nearly 1,000 Rocklin residents signed a petition asking the district to delay the decision to adopt a new curriculum and those opposing it threatened to hold a "sit-out" and not send their children to school on Friday.

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700 California public school students stay home to protest LGBT curriculum 


By Lisa Bourne Mon May 6, 2019 - 8:38 pm EST

May 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Hundreds of California parents protested a controversial proposed curriculum for young students that would incorporate the achievements of LGBT-identifying individuals by keeping their children out of class on Friday.

An estimated 700 students stayed home from school in the 12,000-student Rocklin School District, Fox 40 reports.

Concerned parents say the younger elementary grades are not ready for discussions on LGBT issues and that parents should make the call on when to introduce them.

The parents who are opposed suggested a compromise to introduce the material in sixth grade or later, as has been done in some other school districts, the report said, but the school district’s legal counsel said that was not possible.

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