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March 28, 2017 > Controversy in New Haven

Controversy in New Haven

Submitted By Kelsey Camello

Fifty years ago, there was a controversy in the New Haven Unified School District between the school board president and district administrators. The debate dominated the local newspapers and led to the recall of the school board president. The issue resulted in larger than usual turn out at the school board meetings, with speakers heatedly responding on both sides of the issue.

The Washington Township Museum of Local History recently published a paper on the topic, entitled ÒControversy in New Haven.Ó The paper covers the details of the disagreement, starting with a concern over the appropriateness of the showing of a specific movie to high school students. The matter persisted over many months, with accusations flying on both sides of the issue. The controversy affected school board elections and ended with a special recall election.

Union City historian, Timothy Swenson, authored the paper with a special preface written by Lance Nishihira, a current trustee of the New Haven Unified School District.

The 20-page paper is available on the museum website. Visit, select ÒResourcesÓ then ÒHistorical Papers.Ó Click on Union City and look for ÒControversy in New Haven.Ó

For a printed copy ($3.00), please visit the museum during open hours.

Museum of Local History
Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Second weekend of the month: 10 am - 4 p.m.
190 Anza St., Fremont
(510) 623-9707

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