Voice Your Concerns Regarding the District Goal of “Equity and Access”
Dear San Dieguito parents, community members and concerned citizens,
On this Thursday, September 30, 2021, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting, in which there will be a public discussion on Goal # 1 “Equity and Access” (Item 8a) in its 2021-2024 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Based on experience and empirical research, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) believes that, if unchecked, this initiative will expend taxpayer funds on unproven measures of “equity-based” indoctrination and unconstitutional preferences toward “diverse” hiring.
It should be alarming to all SDUHSD taxpayers that its 2021-2024 LCAP upholds “Equity and Access” as the district’s top priority. Overall, the district plans to spend an unknown portion of $161,809,805 in enhancing “(e)quitable access to schools and programs for all students” (Goal #1, Action #1, associated with Goal #2, Action #1, amount is unspecified). Moreover, it plans to redirect local funds to “recruit and retain diverse staff,” as well as to support equity work in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education to tackle “racial disproportionality,” “interrogate inequitable policies, systems, structures and practices,” and “interrupt racism.” An equity lens, as advocated by SDUHSD, can easily be hijacked by radical ideologues and political interest groups to promote equal outcomes, political favoritism and racial spoils, in stark contrast to true equal opportunity.
It is time that SDUHSD community stakeholders take action and engage your elected officials to voice your opposition to a divisive, race-based doctrine, known as critical race theory (CRT). If unchallenged by counter-balancing narratives, SDUHSD’s “Equity and Access” initiative will be co-opted by the CRT doctrine. Leading up to the adoption of the 2021-2024 LCAP, local students, affiliated with racial justice organizations Diversify Our Narrative(DON) and Encinitas4Equality (E4E), had lobbed the board for systemic changes in diversity, inclusion, equity, anti-racism and ethnic studies. However, these politicized demands do not represent overwhelming public opinions against CRT and CRT-infused education initiatives.
To positive engage SDUHSD board trustees and make our voices heard, you can:
1. Sign up to give a public comment regarding Item 8a between 1:00 p.m. on September 28, 2021 and 1:00 p.m. on September 29, 2021. The special board meeting will start at 11am on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
2. Reach out via Facebook to express your concerns regarding Item 8a.
You can find key concerns regarding the “Equity and Access” goal below and see our sample letters here. We recommend that you add your personal narratives in support of these key concerns in your testimony!
Please take swift action to defend SDUHSD students’ equal education rights!
About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER): We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment. www.Cferfoundation.org.
- The goals, metrics and language for “Equity and Access” can be easily co-opted to reflect an ideological framework of anti-racism and critical race theory.
- We support balanced and apolitical ways to increase equal access to public education. But anchoring the goal in an equity lens is biased, political and divisive.
- CRT should not be judged by its academic nitty-gritty, but by its real-world implications.
- We represent a diverse group of ordinary Americans of every stripe.
- We recognize the existence of historical racism and present-day racial inequalities. But obsessing about racism distracts us from finding complex policy solutions.
- Any format of racism, including anti-racism, is racist, regardless of the purported intentions. Blaming racism on everything covers up true policy failures. We must hold our policy makers and public institutions accountable, instead of supporting a “moral crusade.”
- We welcome meaningful efforts to build understanding and increase appreciation for different cultures and ethnicities in our diverse country. But we oppose attempts to submerge these good intentions under a narrow political ideology.
- This narrow political ideology, commonly known as critical race theory, is often packaged and masqueraded with pleasant-sounding keywords including “anti-racism,” “racial healing,” “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and “restorative justice.”
- Instituting policy suggestions based on the CRT dogma, will lead to disparate, race-based treatment of students, teachers, and staff, opening up the district to legal liability for violating non-discrimination laws, civil rights protections, and the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws.
- The last thing the district needs at a vulnerable time of learning losses is to perpetuate ideological indoctrination and political mandates of CRT/DEI/Anti-Racism…
- Any attempt at the district’s level to expend public funds to create additional social programs must be rolled out after thorough, prior consultation with parents, families, and community members.
- The Board and pundits for CRT/DEI/Anti-Racism are NOT above the law or the democratic process of elections and reelections. As shown in legal and electoral cases in Nevada, California, Missouri, Virginia, and Southlake, Texas, parents who are equipped with knowledge on the incursions of CRT in public education have rallied and emerged as a strong interest group and a voting bloc. We demand accountability, transparency and after equal treatment of our children.