Published June 08, 2021
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA -- June 8, 2021- Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER), in collaboration with local parent groups, will hold a rally at 4pm on Wednesday, June 9 in front of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Education building to protest the District's proposal to propagate critical race theory (CRT) in all aspects of District operations. CFER calls upon SDUSD parents, educators and concerned community members to rally tomorrow and request SDUSD refrain from using a large sum of taxpayer funds toward divisive, unconstitutional and discriminatory political indoctrination.
On June 1st, 2021, the SDUSD Board called a special meeting to review the 2021-2 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). While the District is expecting to receive nearly $111.2 million in state funding for learning loss and reopening, it is pledging an estimated budget of $77,753,383 to the LCAP that is consumed by a political agenda. Notably, the 06/01 LCAP draft is featured by non-educational goals to infuse ethnic studies, anti-racism, and restorative justice in all academic instruction, professional development, human resources management and administrative leadership. The plan's major themes and its metrics are all steeped in CRT as the ideological foundation.
"Radical political indoctrination has taken over our education system with pleasant-sounding words to mislead the public," said Frank Xu, the President of CFER, "I implore all SDUSD parents to see through the plan's code names and fancy covers to understand its true nature anchored in critical race theory. Please show up, speak up and voice your concerns!"
Not only is the plan's overarching emphasis on critical ethnic studies as a guiding framework based upon a debunked premise on the pedagogy's benefits, it is but also a product of political hijacking by a fringe political organization Union del Barrio (UdB) and its members masquerading as educator-activists. Since 2013, UdB has been heavily involved in political lobbying and campaigning to help its members get elected to school boards and influence the legislative process to proselytize critical ethnic studies, through its affiliated groups such as Save CA Ethnic Studies, Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, and Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition. By disseminating the Ethnic Studies Collaboratives throughout the LCAP and by having a self-proclaimed UdB member Guillermo Gomez as SDUSD's lead ethnic studies educator, SDUSD is kowtowing to radical political activism.
In an urgent spirit to request SDUSD consult parents and community members as key stakeholders, we call on you to engage the SDUSD Board and its Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee on Racial Justice and Equity.
1. At 4pm on Wednesday (June 9th), we will hold a rally at SDUSD BOE at 4100 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. We encourage all SDUSD parents, educators and concerned community members to attend the event, prior to the 5pm meeting by the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee on Racial Justice and Equity.
2. By 12pm on Tuesday (June 8th), SDUSD will receive written public comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please make sure your comment is less than 250 words).
3. At 5pm on Wednesday (June 9th), SDUSD will stream the meeting via zoom. Those who cannot attend the rally in person but wish to address the committee can join the virtual meeting to voice your concerns.
Please act now and defend our children's constitutional rights to equal treatment and a quality public education!
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.