Director Interview

ROA Director's Interview

Our school director, Claudia Weintraub, was recently interviewed by Mark Sylvester for the 805Conversations podcast. Listen to the interview here and visit 805Connect to subscribe for more local interest interviews:

Topics discussed:

  • Definition of Independent Learning
  • The role of the family in supporting the student
  • Building parent competency
  • How to determine if your family is ready for home-schooling
  • Project-based learning
  • The role of common core standards in homeschooling
  • Home-schooled students are more articulate, more polite, more well-rounded and more likely to give back in their community and why that’s true.
  • Career Pathway programs
  • College and Career readiness
  • What the next five years look like for River Oaks


Links during the show

Connected Educators – http://connectededucators.org

NASA Educators Online Network – http://NEON.intronetworks.com

River Oaks Academy Director, Claudia Weintraub, interview.


A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all public schools across the state, including those operated by the Ventura County Office of Education.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against CDE regarding compliance with special education laws. VCOE schools were not involved in the lawsuit and are not the subject of any of the suit's allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the United States District Court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 to attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. No data is being released to the public and extensive precautions are in place to keep the data secure. Additionally, the parties are required to either return or destroy the data at the conclusion of the lawsuit.

Parents and guardians who want to object to the release of their students' data to the plaintiffs' attorneys may do so by submitting a form by mail prior to April 1, 2016. Links to the form and additional information about this case are below:

Objection to Diclosure Form (English)

Objection to Disclosure Form (Spanish)

Court Notice About Disclosure of Student Records

Statement from State Superintendent of Schools

CDE Web Page on the Lawsuit