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Tuesday is showdown day for supporters, opponents of yoga in Encinitas schools

December 2, 2012

The Encinitas School District board will hear an update on its wellness program this Tuesday, which might not be a big deal if not for one little thing:

That wellness program involves the Jois Yoga-led curriculum that upset parents concerned about its religious aspects and led to a fair amount of media attention.

According to the North County Times, folks on both sides of the issue plan to attend and speak. On the support side, more than 2,100 people have signed an online petition in support of the program. As of Sunday morning, 153 people had signed the one in opposition, the paper reported.

But that doesn’t mean you will have 20 supporters for every one in opposition at the meeting.

As a veteran of covering these types of meetings, I can guess that the opponents will bring out everything they have; supporters probably will be there in strong numbers, but it just is hard to get people equally as fired up in favor of something. One parent is trying to rally supporters, though, so perhaps there will be a bigger crowd than I’m imagining.

Either way, it will be pretty raucous. And it is relatively early on the agenda, so that will help keep the crowd’s enthusiasm high. (A lot of times the controversial items on these kinds of agendas end up late, and it is just hard to keep the energy up.)

The report on the program is just a status update, so the board can’t — and won’t — be voting on ending it or anything. But expect opponents to ask for something along those lines; their petition does ask the board to end it and replace it with more traditional exercise. Here is a link to the opposition petition. The supporter petition is here.

A link to the board’s agenda is here, but it is pretty innocuous. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at 101 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas.

Posted by Steve

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