Embattled Cruz Prematurely Steps Into Acting Presidency

Andrew Cruz, the Chino Unified School District board member who has courted controversy through his support for school prayer and resistance to gender neutral restroom policies and tolerance of homosexuality, was elevated to the position of acting president of the school board following the official resignation of Irene Hernandez-Blair. As vice president, Cruz was due to be rotated into the board presidency in December based upon district tradition. He sought to avoid further contretemps and to maintain a low profile in accepting the gavel, referring to himself as “performing the duties of preseident,” while yet wary of demands for his resignation and talk of a recall by a group calling itself Concerned Parents and Citizens of CVUSD.

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