Anaheim Elementary School District’s Wishy-Washiness On Politically Correct Truancy

A progressive political project called “A Day Without Immigrants” took place last Thursday, in which workers and students were encouraged to ditch work and school as an expression of solidarity and opposition to the oppression under which they imaging suffering.

One of those affected was the Anaheim Elementary School District (currently suing parents who are trying to convert their neighborhood school to charter status). According to the OC Weekly, the district sent out this robocall to parents in anticipation of the school boycott:

“This is an important message from the Anaheim Elementary School District. Reports are surfacing about a potential national strike by immigrants this week. Immigrants are being encouraged to stay home from work and school on Thursday in protest of national policies. This is a reminder that school will be open tomorrow. We strive to provide your child with the highest quality education and ensure he or she attends school every day to help them be successful.”

Was this robo-call a warning or an invitation? It’s hard to tell. When a group of parents tries to form a charter school, the district pulls out the stops to squash them. But when radical activists organize mass truancy?: “FYI, schools open if you feel like sending your kids.”

The better course would have been a message telling parents that truancy isn’t tolerated and their children need to come to school. Skipping school is disruptive and interrupts learning. Public schools ought to inculcate respect for the law and civil order – or are school districts simply one more public institution incapable of resisting political correctness and identity politics?


  1. Don’t schools lose money when children don’t show up for class? If so, seems like the organizers of this ‘truancy’ should be required to reimburse the lost funds.

  2. I think more importantly is the fact that this even has to be an issue. National policy is scaring lots of folks. Yes, I know lots of folks are happy about this. And yes districts lose money if students are not there. Look how much they will lose if these children are not welcomed to the school. Think about it, less $, less teachers.less students, close schools. It is a. Iscious cuycle

  3. Anaheim city is a very well run district. Linda Wagner reminds me of Jan Billings because she tries to avoid all of the politics. Unlike Matsuda who uses the high school district for his personal gain.

    • Wagner and Matsuda are two sides of the same coin. The “coin” is controlled by Jose Moreno and late last summer landed Mrs. Moreno a new job, principal of Dale Middle School in Anaheim. How’s that for cronyism? Wagner and Matsuda are both Moreno puppets. Do your homework.

      • More cronyism in Anaheim with Moreno at the helm. And our beloved Mayor Tait helped elect this man.

      • Julia H,
        I am well aware of the jose Moreno connection. When he was the President of the school board it was important for Linda to make sure he was happy. Doing what she must do is different than acting as a full time politician like Matsuda. As far as the hiring of Mrs Moreno at Dale Jr. High the only question that should be asked is why did it take so long. Lorena is a brilliant lady and we need more Latina leaders like her. It’s amazing that even when you are Harvard educated. And by far the most qualified person for the job, white people will say it must have been affirmative action or politics that got her the job. Shame

  4. I witnessed one of the schools letting out students to do a walk in front of the school. But why i questioned? It’s totally pointless and without meaning unless you want a degree in protesting. The working classes across all races don’t need a false reason to take to action. We live in the best part of the US we can do better.

  5. She’s a principal and he’s at CSU LB as dept chair. Look at his form 700. Do they rent or own? And. GoFundMe account for political travel last summer. wTF?

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