About 200 students, parents and teachers converged at Corona del Mar High School on Monday to protest a learning model recently adopted by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District they claim is stressful, unrealistic and potentially harmful to students.
Signs reading “I Deplore 4×4” and “Opt Out Now” prompted a volley of honks from passing Newport Beach motorists as protesters chanted against a new 4×4 model adopted by school board members in a July 21 special meeting for the upcoming academic year beginning Aug. 24.
The measure was adopted 5-2, with trustees Michelle Barto and Karen Yelsey, the latter of whom represents the Corona del Mar school community, opposed.
Parent Jen Schaefer, whose two children attend Corona del Mar High, said the community was shocked to hear a new model was adopted with little community input or outreach. Parents and teachers say they only learned about the meeting and proposal on July 19.
“All of us Corona del Mar parents and teachers were like, ‘Where was our voice?’” Schaefer said of the meeting, which featured a panel of teachers and administrators explaining why they favored the new schedule.
“No opposing views were presented,” Schaefer continued. “It was almost like propaganda.”