FAC Requests John Ortega, Orange School Board President, Retract Statement About Recall Effort

Today, FAC sent the following letter to John Ortega, President of the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education, asking him to retract a comment he made at the January 18 school board meeting. At that meeting, Ortega, referring to certain flyers related to a recall campaign of two school board members that contained “school photos,” said, “That is completely inappropriate spreading misinformation about OUSD sponsoring such a thing,” and stated, “We are looking at this from a legal perspective.”

The letter points out that Ortega’s “veiled threats of legal action against core political speech undermine the First Amendment and attack the foundation of democracy.”