Action Alert: Share Your Stories and Thoughts About the 1.0 GPA Graduation Requirement in Los Angeles Unified School District
Dear LAUSD Parents, Community Members and Taxpayers,
We are appalled to learn that students in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) only need a 1.0 GPA or D to graduate. In the names of equity and justice, California’s largest public school district is catastrophically failing its students, 82% of whom fall under the “Underrepresented Minority” category. Unfortunately, such true injustice has been swept under the rug to accommodate the politically correct narrative of racial justice for all. Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) calls upon concerned parents and citizens in LAUSD to come forward and share your stories and perspectives on this public education crisis!
LAUSD’s race to the bottom started over 15 years ago and has only intensified in recent years. As early as June 2005 when the LAUSD Board of Education adopted the first “Educational Equity” Resolution, the district started entertaining the idea of equal outcomes over a goal of academic rigor. By June 2015, it formally eliminated the graduation requirement of a grade of “C” or better and downgraded to a passing grade of “D” or better for the CSU “A-G” course sequence. This clearly fails the state standard of “C” or better, established by the California State University and University of California admissions guidelines. As a result of the equity-based push for students to graduate, LAUSD ranks at the bottom 50% percentile among all California school districts, having painfully low math (33%) and reading (44%) proficiency rates. 618, 489 LAUSD students are suffering from lowered standards and risking being considerably unprepared for college, with those from underprivileged backgrounds suffering the most. Among them, 20,000 to 30,000 students who would have not been able to graduate leave LAUSD with their high school diplomas every year.
Where do they end up? What kind of career paths are they pursuing? Or are they caught in the school-to-prison/homelessness pipeline?
In the face of under-achievement, LAUSD has ramped up its engagement with indoctrination and race-based policies to cover up its chronic failures. It has approved a resolution named “Equity is Justice 2021,” through which the school district pledges $404 million in the equity-based funding formula and renews its fight for “students of color in under-resourced schools.” The district’s 2021-2022 Local Control and Accountability Plan blatantly budgets $89, 989,657 for a “Black Student Achievement Pan,” potentially violating California’s constitutional ban on racial preferences. In addition, the district has an expansive bureaucratic structure centered on equity, completed with a Human Relations, Diversity and Equity Office, a Social Emotional Learning Office, an Educational Equity Compliance Office and a Council of Black Administrators. The Governing Board made ethnic studies a graduation requirement in 2014 and reaffirmed LAUSD’s commitment to ethnic studies in 2020, with goals to “make intersectional racial and social justice a reality” and to “narrow the opportunity gap for students of color.”
Check out LAUSD’s DEI and CRT ranking here.
Enough is enough! Our children are not guinea pigs for social engineering and they deserve a quality public education. In an urgent spirit, we want to implore LAUSD stakeholders to reach out to CFER and share your stories by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will follow up with you individually in a prompt manner.
Thank you in advance for your courage and resolve to stand up and safeguard your children’s 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.