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This blog was originally for updates and news on the “New” Fremont so that we can keep track of happenings at our beloved school, John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles which was unethically reconstituted.   These days, I use it to comment on happenings in the district.  It’s not that I still don’t think about Fremont or what happened, it’s just that it was 8 years ago.  The school has still not recovered fully from the reconstitution.

We will never let those who destroyed the school ever forget what they did or their complicity in it.

John C. Fremont High School was a dramatically improving comprehensive public high school built in 1924 when a political power play was instituted by the district superintendent in the midst of one of the worst economic crisis in our country’s history and in the midst of one of the most vitriolic nationwide campaigns to demonize public school teachers for the purpose of privatizing education.

Fremont was improving by almost every measure and had a committed, stable group of talented teachers, most of whom did not reapply when the reconstitution plan was announced December 9, 2009,  a day that will truly “live in infamy” for those who love Fremont.   (Sorry, but the history teacher in me can’t help using historical quotes).


Chuck Olynyk, a one of a kind history teacher who started the Fremont Rebellion. We will never let those who destroyed the school ever forget what they did or their complicity in it. Thanks to teachers like Chuck, Terra, Joel and countless others this was not the coup the traitorous administrators expected

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  1. Gail Edwards-Bryan permalink
    February 11, 2011 9:50 am

    I am a parent and strong education advocate in the Fremont Unified School District (Fremont, CA). I occasionally blog on The Daily Kos; as well as some other local blogs for children and education. I am writing today as a representative of Save Our Schools March ( ) to ask you on Monday, February 14 to write something about why you love education and possibly include a link to our march and rally in DC this July.

    The message we want to get out to as many people on Valentine’s Day is that everyone who cares about young people also cares about our schools. Our best schools nurture our children; make them feel safe and able to take the risks they need to in order to learn. But our schools are in danger of becoming even more narrowly focused on test preparation; while class sizes rise and teachers are blamed for the ravages poverty inflicts on their students.

    We are responding. We love our schools. We declare Valentine’s Day, 2011, to be I Love Public Education Blog Day. On this day we will write our hearts out, about why it is that public education is so important to us, our children, and our democratic society. If you or your readers will join us and tell why you love public education too, send your comments and posts to

    Writing will be displayed at the website, and will be tweeted with the hashtag #LovePublicEd. We offer the march and events of July 28 to 31st in Washington, DC, as a focal point for this movement, and we ask participants to link to this event, so we can build momentum for our efforts. If your readers wish to repeat this post on their own blog, we would love it. We would love if you could use the attached graphic to indicate that this is part of our campaign.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at .

  2. February 11, 2011 9:57 am

    Thanks, I will do so and I will post this on the home page

  3. Gail Edwards-Bryan permalink
    March 8, 2011 9:14 am

    I want to thank you for your posting regarding the “I love Public Education” campaign. The more awareness we can bring to the situation, the better off we will all be! And I simply love Chuck Olynyck and all he is doing. We haven’t “met” but I have the pleasure of being one of his Facebook friends and following him.

    I e-mailed you previously about Save Our Schools and National Call to Action. You have been blogging about the recent attacks on teachers and public schools. Our national grassroots movement is asking the “real” ed reform bloggers to join with us so that we can all speak with ONE VOICE all across the country during the month of March. You are one of them! And I am so grateful.

    Our theme for March is “Waking the Sleeping Giant”, which was inspired by the events in Wisconsin and other places around the country. The public is finally beginning to wake up to what’s been happening for the last few years – we’re seeing evidence of this not only in Wisconsin but in places such as Seattle and Rochester.

    We are asking you to keep your readers informed by continuing to mention our July 30 march in D.C. and by providing a link to our website in one or more of your posts during the month of March.

    If you would like to write a guest post for our website, send your post or your comments to Or if you would like to endorse our march, let us know and we will list your blog and url on our website.

    Posts can also be tweeted with the hashtag #WakingGiant. We offer the March and events of July 28 to 31st in Washington, D.C. as the focal point for this movement, and we ask participants to link to this event, so that we can build momentum for our efforts. We offer your choice of the attached graphics to go along with our theme “Waking the Sleeping Giant.” We encourage you to use one or more of the graphics to indicate that our organization is sponsoring the march.

    Thank you for your help,
    Gail Edwards-Bryan
    Parent in Fremont CA
    Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action

  4. March 17, 2013 6:41 am

    Dear Fremont and Fremont Supporters,

    Thank you for posting my site in your blog roll. My name is Robert Rendo, and I write “A Blog of Cartoons” on education reform.

    Please feel fee to life ANY images you want ANY time to incorporate into your own advocacy materials, digital or otherwise. I grant any fighter against corporate reform in education a permanentt free license to use the images. See

    I just completed the masthead and logog for Diane Ravitch’s Network for Public Education. I hope you’ll go to the site and become a member.



  5. FremontWatch permalink*
    March 17, 2013 9:57 am

    Thanks Robert, I will definately join. Your cartoons are wonderful!

  6. Laurie Gabriel permalink
    May 30, 2014 7:15 am

    I am a former teacher creating a documentary entitled Hear Our Teachers. I would like to do a brief piece honoring Rigoberto Ruelas. Do you know anyone I could interview?

    • June 14, 2014 3:47 pm

      You might need to contact teachers at Miramonte Elementary. I did not know him but some of my students had him as an elementary teacher.

  7. January 27, 2015 8:23 am

    Hi – Laurie Gabriel again. I would like to use the pictures you had of Rigoberto Ruelas on your page. Do you know who I would contact for permission and to whom I would credit the photos? My email is Thanks so much.

  8. May 20, 2015 9:08 pm

    I don’t know who you would contact. Maybe the LA Times.

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