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Grossmont school-board candidate claims misrepresentation

Says rival's ballot statement implies he has no classroom experience

The war of words between two candidates for Grossmont Union High School District trustee spot has spilled over into court.

Kevin Conover

On August 23, candidate Kevin Conover, who teaches Bible studies and creationism to students through his nonprofit Educate for Life, filed a writ of mandate against his opponent in the race, Elva Salinas, for stating on her ballot statement that she is the only candidate with "actual classroom experience" in the race.

Conover's writ of mandate also names San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu and the County of San Diego for publishing the misstatements on the official ballot.

Elva Salinas

Quite the contrary, says Conover in the court filing; he has ten years of classroom experience teaching Bible classes and intelligent design courses to students through his nonprofit. According to the complaint, the Association of Christian Schools International certified Conover as a secondary teacher and "Bible specialist" in 2010.

Conover's website says his nonprofit "offers home school, online, and seminar classes that defend and explain the Bible. [C]lasses cover topics such as world religions, the reliability of the Bible, how to approach tough cultural issues biblically, creation vs. evolution, church history, and the Bible itself."

Among the classes that Conover teaches are, "Created or Evolved," "Religion: Who's Right," and "The Bible Applied," a class that asks if "America is a Christian nation? It sure doesn’t act like one. In fact, there seems to be an outright hostility towards traditional Christian values! Is this the way it has to be? This class answers the question of whether we can (and should) apply biblical teachings to controversial issues faced by modern day society."

Conover's rival candidate has a much different background in regard to teaching. Salinas, according to her candidate statement, has taught for 32 years and was named Teacher of the Year at San Diego City College.

Conover is requesting a judge to order Vu to delete the sentence. If not, he says the voters will be misled.

"Should the requested writ not issue, the voters of the Grossmont Union High School District will be materially misled by Salinas' ballot statement and will be led to believe that [Conover] has not been an active classroom teacher and that Salinas has been a high school classroom teacher, thus suggesting that Salinas is more qualified for the position she seeks than [Conover]; a proposition that is patently false."

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The war of words between two candidates for Grossmont Union High School District trustee spot has spilled over into court.

Kevin Conover

On August 23, candidate Kevin Conover, who teaches Bible studies and creationism to students through his nonprofit Educate for Life, filed a writ of mandate against his opponent in the race, Elva Salinas, for stating on her ballot statement that she is the only candidate with "actual classroom experience" in the race.

Conover's writ of mandate also names San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu and the County of San Diego for publishing the misstatements on the official ballot.

Elva Salinas

Quite the contrary, says Conover in the court filing; he has ten years of classroom experience teaching Bible classes and intelligent design courses to students through his nonprofit. According to the complaint, the Association of Christian Schools International certified Conover as a secondary teacher and "Bible specialist" in 2010.

Conover's website says his nonprofit "offers home school, online, and seminar classes that defend and explain the Bible. [C]lasses cover topics such as world religions, the reliability of the Bible, how to approach tough cultural issues biblically, creation vs. evolution, church history, and the Bible itself."

Among the classes that Conover teaches are, "Created or Evolved," "Religion: Who's Right," and "The Bible Applied," a class that asks if "America is a Christian nation? It sure doesn’t act like one. In fact, there seems to be an outright hostility towards traditional Christian values! Is this the way it has to be? This class answers the question of whether we can (and should) apply biblical teachings to controversial issues faced by modern day society."

Conover's rival candidate has a much different background in regard to teaching. Salinas, according to her candidate statement, has taught for 32 years and was named Teacher of the Year at San Diego City College.

Conover is requesting a judge to order Vu to delete the sentence. If not, he says the voters will be misled.

"Should the requested writ not issue, the voters of the Grossmont Union High School District will be materially misled by Salinas' ballot statement and will be led to believe that [Conover] has not been an active classroom teacher and that Salinas has been a high school classroom teacher, thus suggesting that Salinas is more qualified for the position she seeks than [Conover]; a proposition that is patently false."

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Grossmont UHD has always been plagued by bible thumping candidates who only have one goal and that is to preach their brand of religion to the students.

Aug. 27, 2016

It is a mistake to call the first chapter of Genesis "an account of Creation". It is not. It is an account given to Moses concerning the seven periods of time that were revealed to Moses. Five of the periods are from the ancient past. One is of our own period, and one is of a future period, when Yeshua will rule all the universe from the New Jerusalem. Above all else, get understanding of the scriptures.

Herman Cummings [email protected]

Aug. 27, 2016

What he was teaching is irrelevant here, methinks. If he had been teaching anything at all in a classroom situation, her claim is incorrect. As such it should be removed. Case closed.

Aug. 28, 2016

Wrong, what he has been teaching, and where, goes to the honesty of his claim. He doesn't get to redefine his own personal nut club as an "actual classroom". By those standards, every loony with a tin foil hat preaching on the street corner is a minister of the gospel with experience delivering sermons to a congregation.

Aug. 29, 2016

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