AESD Trustee Ryan Ruelas: “I’m A Union Guy Through And Through…Go CTA!”

Ryan Ruelas, who represents Trustee Area 5 on the Anaheim Elementary School District, posted this on his Facebook page earlier this summer:

“I’m a union guy through and through. I’m personally a proud member of a union (go CTA!!) and the work I have done as a trustee for AESD these last few years has clearly illustrated my support for unions.”

It certainly has. The California Teachers Union is one of the most powerful special interests in state politics, and Ruelas is a member of its State Council. He opposes reforming teacher tenure, which makes protects poor performing teachers who are phoning it in at the expense of their students.

Stopping the growth of charter schools is a top teacher union priority and Ruelas is a loyal soldier in that war. Ruelas voted to spend $1 million in school district funds suing a group of poor  and working class immigrant parents trying to convert Palm Lane Elementary into a charter school.

Ruelas is certainly there for union interests. Parents – not so much.

In fact, this weekend Ruelas is in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure representing the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association (ASTA) at the CTA State Council.

Ruelas is running for re-election and his opponent is Shaun Dove, a parent and retired law enforcement officer. Dove supports charter schools and maximizing parental choice, and empowering district teachers. Shaun was a leader of the online petition to clear the Santa Ana River Trail homeless encampment – which quickly garnered 15,000 signatures and sparked the County and the city to begin the process of reclaiming the SART from the hundreds of transients living there.

Among those endorsing Dove are Anaheim City Councilman Steve Faessel and OC Board of Education Trustee Ken Williams.

31 comments

  1. Have you spoken to Ryan about these issues? I’d love to get some answers.

  2. As a teaching colleague I can tell you that Ryan Rueles the most disliked person I work with. Ryan is all about Ryan and he has found an issue that scares the heck out of the cta. Ryan doesn’t fight for better pay and conditions for his colleagues. Ryan fights for Ryan. Good for him – he lives at him with mommy spends a lot of nights out at events and gets paid over 100k even though he teaches only 2 online classes. This guy is a sad character and a complete phoney.

  3. READ COLLEAGUES COMMENT VOTERS AND BEWARE:

    “As a teaching colleague I can tell you that Ryan Rueles the most disliked person I work with. Ryan is all about Ryan and he has found an issue that scares the heck out of the cta. Ryan doesn’t fight for better pay and conditions for his colleagues. Ryan fights for Ryan. Good for him – he lives at him with mommy spends a lot of nights out at events and gets paid over 100k even though he teaches only 2 online classes. This guy is a sad character and a complete phoney.?

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT. DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS POSER, RYAN RUELAS. STOP THE MAD OVERPAYMENT OF THIS GROUP WHO APPOINT THEIR FRIENDS AND THEN VOTE TO GIVE EACH OTHER RAISES.

    ALL DONE WHILE CALIFORNIA’S TEST SCORES ARE IN THE LOWEST RANKINGS IN THE UNITED STATES. ANAHEIM HAS LOWER TEST SCORES THAN SANTA ANA.

    THESE PEOPLE FIGHT TO FAIL OUR KIDS.

    YEAH RIGHT THEY FIGHT FOR OTHERS – REALITY IS THEY FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES.

    RYAN RUELAS FIGHTS FOR RYAN RUELAS AND IS A GRADUATE OF THE JOSE MORENO SCHOOL OF CON ARTISTS AND MEGALOMANIACS.

    VOTE NO ON RYAN RUELAS
    VOTE NO ON JOSE MORENO
    VOTE NO ON AL JABBAR
    VOTE NO ON MARK LOPEZ
    VOTE NO ON ANNEMARIE RANDLE-TREJO
    VOTE NO ON JUAN G. ALVAREZ

    GET THESE SELF PROMOTING POSERS OUT OF OFFICE.

  4. Ryan is a great man who has done so much to connect our community and schools together. Also, people need to understand what for-profit charter schools really are. They are not good for our students and are mostly run by people who are just looking to make money. They get the same money public schools do but are not accountable for it. They reject autistic students, English Learners, and anyone who needs extra care. Taking a stand against for-profit charter schools is taking a stand for equal opportunities for all students.

  5. MC: What? Greatness produces failing scores and then fights to keep failing? A great man? Ryan Ruelas is one of those fighting against parents who want better than failing schools for their kids.

    Spoken like a true associate of this group, talking down thinking people don’t understand and you will explain what a charter school is.. What parents know is Ryan Ruelas and this group have had the opportunity to show what they can do to improve our schools and they have failed. Anaheim schools scores have never been lower. How can you not want better for your kids? Why fight to keep schools that are failing under this cabal’s leadership.

    You defend to keep control, as the parents are saying we do not believe you have our kids best interest at heart and we need to try anything because we care about our kids.

    Your propaganda would be believable if your schools, and those in leadership positions of the schools were producing good results rather than failing scores.

    Parents have had enough and bless them all for fighting this movement. Keep the momentum and demand truth and transparency. Forward together for a better Anaheim.

  6. Standing for Anaheim

    I I cannot believe that someone would say that Ryan Ruelas, is a great man!!!!!
    Where do they get that from??? … if you really want to know, I happen to be a parent of Anaheim High School and I know from my child’s perspective that Ryan was one of the worst teachers that my child had ever encountered. He is selfish, he is not a good educator and he costed Anaheim High School fines upon fines when my child was in school. First of all, he does not have any children, does not care about what’s going on in my community of Anaheim, and he cares about Ryan and Ryan only!!!!! It makes me sick to my stomach that we have this cancer of a teacher who has destroyed the lives of so many educators at Anaheim High School because his agenda comes first before anything!!!!! because of his horrible ways, we lost Anna Corral one of the best principals Anaheim High School has ever had!!!!! She wanted to keep Ryan politics away from the school and because of her leadership and wanting what’s best for the students she was fired from Anaheim. Ryan Ruelas is the worst thing that could have ever happened to our children at Anaheim High School!!!! Because of Ryan many teachers are fearful of speaking up and stating how they feel. We need to make sure that we as a community stand up and say no to Ryan Ruelas!!!!! We need to vote all the Moreno Cabal out of office!!!!! We as a community need to make sure that our children are being exposed to people that are positive for their lives and encouraging them to be better human beings not a cancer-like Ryan Ruelas has been to this community!!!!! We need to make sure that we clean house in Anaheim this Novembet 6, 2018!!!!

    Remember people…Ryan only is there to support his paycheck and the paycheck of the teachers!!!! He does not care about our children!!!!!!

    Ask his former students about him…they will tell you how horrible he is!!!! He forces them to campaign for him and his friends (Al Jabbar, Jose F. Moreno, Anne Marie Randle Trejo, Juan Alvarez and Mayor Tait)…telling them they will get extra credit…and when the kids don’t walk the precincts for them, he gives them a bad grade…that is absolutely not acceptible!!!!!

    VOTE NO RYAN RUELAS!!!!!!!
    VOTE YES SHAUN DOVE!!!!!!!

  7. Ryan Ruelas is a great person and educator inside and out. With Ruelas and others taking a swift and smart stance against charter schools, our public school system has begun to look better and better.

    • Alex DeCabot: Reality check: Ryan Ruelas fights to defend FAILING SCORES. He fights for the right to continue to fail our children. Anyone who does that does not have the best interest of our students a heart. Read your comment: He fights against the parents he serves. He is not a great educator inside and out. Please read the comments that say otherwise.

      EXTRA CREDIT FOR CAMPAIGNING OR BAD GRADES IF YOU DON’T – THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL GREAT?
      Your bar is set way, way to low.

      His tactics warrant investigation. I pray their is one.

      DO NOT FALL FOR THIS.
      DO NOT VOTE FOR RYAN RUELAS – fights to retain control of failing schools that produce failing scores, He uses our hard earned dollars to fight in court to retain control of failing schools that produce failing scores. He fights against parents that only want better for their kids.
      Think about it, would the parents fight for a better school if their kids were already in one?
      What would their gain be, fighting school officials in court (Ryan Ruelas being one)
      Would it be the use of their valuable time? Time off of work fighting?
      Would it be the process of starting up a charter school, all that fun?

      Ask yourself would it not be easier for these parents to leave this kids in the schools they were enrolled in?
      YES it would be easier to not have to go through all that wrestling control from this cabal entails.

      They were pushed into having to make a choice leave their children in a failing school – which would affect their future, or standing up for their children and fighting for anything better than what they currently had.- – failing schools and failing scores.

      I applaud these parents willing to fight for their children and their children’s future.

    • Did Ryan write this about himself?

  8. IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE STAND FOR ANAHEIM’S POST ON RYAN RUELAS- ANAHEIM BLOG
    What is the correct agency to report his activity to? Please do all you can as this has gone beyond morality and politics. This offer of extra credit for campaigning for him is an absolute abuse of power. Then the fear if they don’t they will be given a bad grade is further abuse of power.

    This is only and excerpt but after reading it I had such a range of emotions, sickness, anger, total sadness and back to anger. Previously I had made a post saying, “what is next grades for extra credit.” I said it not ever believing that this group of comrades would ever actually do such a thing. It is being done for real. Grades/Credit for campaigning for this groups agenda.

    PLEASE READ THIS SMALL EXCERPT AFTER READING STAND FOR ANAHEIM’S ENTIRE COMMENT AND KNOW HOW CANCEROUS THIS GROUP REALLY IS.

    Ask his former students about him…they will tell you how horrible he is!!!! He forces them to campaign for him and his friends (Al Jabbar, Jose F. Moreno, Anne Marie Randle Trejo, Juan Alvarez and Mayor Tait)…telling them they will get extra credit…and when the kids don’t walk the precincts for them, he gives them a bad grade…that is absolutely not acceptable!!!!!

    VOTE NO RYAN RUELAS!!!!!!!
    VOTE YES SHAUN DOVE!!!!!!!”

    We must demand an investigation based on the fact that grades are given for campaigning. We must report that it is not just for Ryan Ruelas but for the whole group.

    It must be reported the fear of reprisal that both teachers and students both have with Ryan Ruelas and this Matsuda/Moreno group.

    It must be reported the abuse of power of this group in the hiring/firing process.

    THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT for both teachers/administrators and students.

    It must be reported that this group uses students for gain.

    It must be reported that this group has used their offices for gain for their families.

    It must be reported that some of this groups children have benefited by their positions (one being Jose Moreno).

    It must be reported that they use their educational positions to indoctrinate their students and their parents into their Socialist agenda.

    It must be reported that the teachers working/learning around this group fear their actions and fear retaliation.

    How can any of us not care and stand with our children to better their futures?

    We are paying this group to fail our children.
    We will continue to pay this group if we give them pensions that they do not deserve.
    We are paying this group to poorly educate our children and to teach them lessons in abuse of power.
    We are allowing this group to form our children’s future by their failure and politics.

    How can any of us, whether we have children in Anaheim schools or not, turn our backs on this situation. It will change all of our lives if we do. These individuals are using the education system for visibility and to then get elected into political offices. They are doing so to spread their political views and have a stranglehold on Anaheim. They are firing up our youths and molding them into their in essence, soldiers. This is not just an educational issue. Know that this is an Anaheim issue and we need this group out, all of them, one election, one investigation at a time.

    How can we not stand with Stand for Anaheim?
    We all need to stand with each and every commenter that has the courage to say enough.
    We need to say enough too.

    Anyone with more facts/stories please send them to Anaheim Blog.
    Educators,parents and students, past and present, send in your comments
    Anaheim Blog please send them to an agency that will hold Ryan Ruelas and his entire cabal accountable for their actions, finally.

    WE ALL NEED TO STAND FOR ANAHEIM BY NOT VOTING FOR:

    VOTE NO ON RYAN RUELAS
    VOTE NO ON JOSE MORENO
    VOTE NO ON AL JABBAR
    VOTE NO ON MARK LOPEZ
    VOTE NO ON ANNEMARIE RANDLE-TREJO
    VOTE NO ON JUAN G. ALVAREZ

    Change for the future of Anaheim can be done. We must unite as citizens of Anaheim and care for each other and for our city.

    Thank you Stand for Anaheim. Thank you Anaheim Blog. Keep educating voters, one at a time.

  9. Being a teaxher, I’ve found that most union people are the WORST teachers!! Ugh!

  10. Can someone please confirm that Ryan lives at home with his MOTHER???

    If true that speaks volumes about him.

  11. Where are you getting your information from? Ryan is going to win by a landslide!!

    • Maybe. Ryan is the incumbent. He has his students out campaigning for him. The union is paying for campaign mail for him.

      But he’s still a left-wing union stooge who puts the union agenda first and last.

    • Palm Lane watcher

      Ryan Ruelas’ treatment of the Palm Lane parents was shameful. His talk about championing working people is phony. When it came to a choice between working parents and union interests, he sided with the unions.

      Those parents followed the law. All they wanted was a better school for their kids and they used a law created for that purpose. Ruelas voted to spend $1 million litigating against those parents to stop them from getting a charter school. That was all about keeping money and power for the district and the unions, and that’s whose side Ruelas was on – not justice and fairness for those parents and their kids.

  12. Matt, revamp your arguments. Your last-decade audience of kneejerk union haters is dwindling under your nose.

  13. Tom G: If he does it will be with the help of his students campaigning for him to get extra credit or because they fear getting a worse grade. THE PARENTS ARE NOT BEHIND THIS GUY. HE IS A FRAUD

  14. Vern: Anaheim Blog will continue to fight on behalf of the residents of Anaheim to expose those that need it. Matt, it sounds like you have got the Moreno/Matsuda/Jabbar/Ruelas etc. cabal talking and the residents listening. Keep exposing what needs to be exposed and help the residents of Anaheim stop this decline of Anaheim.

    Thank you.

  15. Great person inside and out? “Ryan Ruelas’ treatment of the Palm Lane parents was shameful. His talk about championing working people is phony. When it came to a choice between working parents and union interests, he sided with the unions.

    Those parents followed the law. All they wanted was a better school for their kids and they used a law created for that purpose. Ruelas voted to spend $1 million litigating against those parents to stop them from getting a charter school. That was all about keeping money and power for the district and the unions, and that’s whose side Ruelas was on – not justice and fairness for those parents and their kids.”

    That does not sound like a great person inside and out to me.

    Anaheim residents we need to all give comprehensive examples of this group and post them to show the voting public who they are trusting their kids to.

  16. For the “Supporters” of the Incumbent…He does not “Care” for Children, He does not “Care” for Parents, He does not care for Schools, He does not “Care” for his Community. He only has gone or shown himself when it benefits Him. He abuses young minds for his own political gain just like Child Labor. He is rude and disrespectful to Parents and does not empathize with their concerns for their Children and the School they are attending. Parents Choice!

    The Incumbent was not at the OCNEP meeting in which Residents/Parents viamently voiced their disapproval of the Needle Exchange, especially when the Mobile unit was to be placed near 3 schools and residential neighborhoods. Who spoke up first and expressed concern for the Children and Families safety and called for a collective refusal of the Needle Exchange, I was. Just as I did when it came to the Homeless situation on the River Trail. The Incumbent was not there because he doesn’t care about Children and Family Safety, and both he and his constituents support Ashleigh Aiken who signed in support of the OCNEP’s mobile unit. Why, because it’s no where near her Anaheim Hills home.

    Lastly; Palm Lane at the end of the 2017/2018 recieved a rating of 2.7 out of a Possible 100…this rating placed Plam Lane just 6 spots above the Worst Elementary School in all of California.

    The Students are not the one’s failing, Trustees( loose term) just like the “Incumbent” are!!

  17. Supporters of Ryan Ruelas read SD’s reality check, more FACTS that show what people feel like when working/dealing with him. More facts that prove what a fraud of a “trustee” he is- Palm Lane being at the bottom of the STATE in ratings – 2.7 out of 100. How can you back someone that defends the right to retain a 2.7 score. How can you back someone who spends 1 million of our dollars to defend the right to continue to fail our kids.

    ANAHEIM RETAIN THIS RATINGS FIGURE 2.7 OUT OF 100. That is what RYAN RUELAS fought to spend our money and time DEFENDING.

    That information right there should be enough to tell you who he is. The comment by SD is yet another that proves to us that we need to try another way. It proves to us that Ryan Ruelas is anther Jose Moreno/Mike Matsuda follower.

    This information proves to us that Ryan Ruelas is not the trustee we need to represent the rights of our kids. He will not fight for our kids to get the best education. What he will fight for is what is best for Ryan Ruelas and what is best for Ryan Ruelas.

    We must fight for our own kids.
    We must fight for our neighbors kids.

    We must fight for Anaheim. Stand together Anaheim and DO NOT VOTE FOR RYAN RUELAS. FALL BACK ON THE FACTS OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE RATHER THAN THE FALSE PROMISES.

    DO NOT VOTE FOR RYAN RUELAS

    DO NOT VOTE FOR AL JABBAR
    DO NOT VOTE FOR JOSE MORENO
    DO NOT VOTE FOR ASHLEIGH AITKEN
    DO NOT VOTE FOR MARK LOPEZ
    DO NOT VOTE FOR JUAN G ALVAREZ
    DO NOT VOTE FOR ANNEMARIE RANDLE-TREJO

  18. Vote for Shaun Dove instead of Ryan Ruelas. Let’s change Anaheim!

  19. Here is another one for Matsuda, Ruelas fans to ponder…Good Luck explaining/defending this one

    Rio Vista Elementary School (Anaheim Neighborhood) after the 2017/2018 School year received a 47.9 rating (School is part of Placentia Linda Elementary School District)

    Sunkist Elementary which is .08 miles from RV received a 17.9 (Anaheim Elementary SD)

    The Incumbent talks about Achievements? Common Core is a complete Failure which he supports…
    And once again you support using Children to pass out fliers, place signs (Steal Signs), and bus them to poltical rallies like movie extras to fill in the back ground to make it look like there is a lot of support or opposition? Perhaps you should go look in the mirror and initiate a Self Check.

  20. Don’t worry about the test scores. The new Anaheim Pledge guarantees that all Anaheim students will be given degrees at icing and csuf.

    Of course I am being sarcastic, but this is the load of crap the Matsuda clan is pushing. They just spent thousands of dollars to stage a signing party today. It was a political stunt held at Katella High because it’s clear Rueles iand Trejo are in trouble and they need to buy some votes in that area. I just hope the voters see these guys for what they are. Complete con artists!

  21. Stronger together we can vote this sinister group out. They have failed in their jobs. They had their chance and the gravy train stops now.

    We can no longer say you can’t fight city hall so why try. Anaheim is so bad we can no longer look away. We are at a crossroad and this dangerous group wants us to follow them.

    We must have the confidence to fight back and make our votes count toward change.

    Vote Shaun Dove not Ryan Ruelas

    Do not vote for Al Jabbar
    Do not vote for Jose Moreno
    Do not vote for Juan G, Alvarez
    Do not vote for Annmarie Randle-Trejo
    Do not vote for Mark Lopez
    Do not vote for Ashleigh Aitken
    Do not vote for Ryan Ruelas

    These people do not deserve our votes. They do not deserve to be paid by us.

    Look at all the comments by different people on this site, giving various examples with facts to back their opinions up.

    Look around at our city. Is crime down, no. Is it clean, no. Are we safe,no. Do we have enough police to help, no.

    Look at our schools. Are our schools scores higher, no we are at the bottom of the entire country.

    They do not deserve our votes as they have helped to put us where we are today. worse off instead of better or even the same, WORSE.

    Our quality of live will continue to decline if they are allowed to lead us any longer.

    VOTE THEM OUT NEXT WEEK.

    WE CAN DO THIS

  22. In spite of the scare tactics being used by my union leadership, I am telling everyone I know to vote for Harold Martin and Sean Dove. I trust that they will be fair and put the students of this district first. The Ryan Rueles, Anne Marie Randle Trejo, Jose Moreno group only cares about promoting themselves.

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