Orange Unified Trustees Concede Defeat in Recall Election

Two Orange Unified School Board members who caught flak for their controversial policy positions have been recalled by voters.

Rick Ledesma and Madison Miner conceded defeat in the March 5 recall at last week’s school board meeting.

Recall organizers, backed by the teachers union, cited several actions supported by Miner and Ledesma. These include the firing of a popular superintendent, a parental notification policy for students who change their pronouns, an effective ban on LGBTQ Pride flags, and the temporary suspension of a digital library over alleged "age inappropriate" content. 

Darshan Smaaladen, who helped lead the effort to kick Ledesma and Miner off the board, said he hoped the results would serve as a cautionary tale for other districts considering similar policies.

"Voters want school boards that are looking out for their best interest and not doing anything that is a personal agenda or personal benefit," said Smaaladen.



Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 09:07

School construction bonds faced some headwinds during the March 5 primary, with a passage rate of around 60% compared with the 73% seen in typical past primaries.