What does it mean to be true? Recently when the community voiced concern over the maturity of a book that was integrated into public schools, Lily chose to take a stand representing concerned parents. Despite being initially outvoted in school board meetings she held her ground until a unanimously vote was made to reconsider the appropriateness of the material.
Lily: I think it’s very important for parents to be spokespersons and advocates for their children because it’s truly a partnership. The school District can come up with ideas and the State has guidance in terms of Ed code, but I think for parents they need to make sure that their voice is heard and I’m am very supportive of the parent’s voice., and that’s one thing I want to clarify for the public, its not that I’m against sex education for the parents but having the proper time frame and engagement for the parents. Where in this situation the parents were notified on the last day of school and within four days it was a parent meeting. And I don’t think in all fairness transparency and the opportunity to look at other resources was provided to the parents.
Alan: And you were one of two votes and you held firm and ultimately-
Lily: The entire board came back in consensus in the end saying we agree that it would be unusual in this situation, because we are approving a college level textbook to be used by high school freshman students. At this time the status at this time is that we’ve pulled the book and are using our existing resources and others that are more current probably online from CDC. And were looking at the publisher trying to revisit and look at addressing standards and textbook revisions that would address high school needs.
Alan: And I think that that represents leadership, even though the majority felt a different way you held your ground.
Lily: Thank you so much I really appreciate that.
About Lily Mei:
For over 20 years, Lily Mei and her family have proudly called Fremont home choosing our city for its family-friendly environment. Lily is both proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont’s public education system and be a proud parent of two current students.