For Immediate Release
April 4, 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA – April 4, 2022- Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) has signed the Civics Alliance’s open letter opposing S. 879 “Civics Secures Democracy Act,” a federal bill that would covertly politicize civics education. If passed, the legislation would ensure funding for Critical Race Theory (CRT) and “Action Civics” in schools across the country.
As the letter explains, “Over the last year, voters and their representatives in state after state have delivered a resounding rebuke of Critical Race Theory in education. Their message remains clear: schools must be free of indoctrination and activism. Yet, the Civics Secures Democracy Act would supercharge politicized education around the country, at precisely the moment when the public has rejected it.”
“S. 879 is a prime example of diverting federal public funds from true education to political indoctrination,” commented Frank Xu, president of CFER, “By authorizing the U.S. Department of Education to hand-out billions of dollars in grants to states, qualified non-profits, researchers and universities to establish action civics program, the bill would create a de facto pipeline of deep-state interests and anti-liberalism ideologues to facilitate a radical thought reform rooted in CRT.”
Wrapped in fancy codenames of “service learning,” “learning through participation,” and “developing a diverse educator workforce,” the Civics Secures Democracy Act embraces a partisan nature of perpetuating radical progressive politics, rather than promoting empirically proven educational practices. If enacted, the bill would constitute a federal model for progressive states and woke local education agencies to adopt similarly ideological policies to revolutionize civics education from one that is based on academic contents to one hijacked by political activism.
The letter is published on the Civics Alliance website. Currently, it has 14 notable individual signatories and five organizational signatories, including CFER. All those committed to defending a robust civics education should consider signing.
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.