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Two fired preschool teachers in Thousand Oaks: not Christian enough?
Two fired preschool teachers in Thousand Oaks: not Christian enough?

There was nothing in their employment record to suggest that veteran preschool teachers Lynda Serrano and Mary Ellen Guevara deserved to be fired in 2012 by Little Oaks School. The two were described in court records as "capable" and "competent," with "no discipline history." In 2009, Little Oaks was bought by Calvary Chapel, a Thousand Oaks church led by the Rev. Rob McCoy, a conservative Christian with political aspirations. Over the next few years, the school transitioned from a secular tradition to an explicitly religious one: Mandatory chapel service. Prayers before snack and lunch. Art projects revolving around religious themes. Teachers were...

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