For Immediate Release
June 13, 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA – June 13, 2022- On June 13, 2022, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) submitted an administrative complaint to Poway Unified School District (PUSD) and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), regarding the former’s discriminatory treatment of a concerned parent. The parent, represented by CFER, was targeted by PUSD administrators for voicing concerns about the district’s active engagement with race-based teaching through its implementation of Ethnic Studies courses and its “Racial Equity & Inclusion” programs.
In the complaint, we detail PUSD’s race-based treatment toward the parent whose child is enrolled at a high school in the district. Specifically, when the parent challenged the framework of power v. oppression in the district’s Ethnic Studies teaching and the efficacy of instituting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), he was silenced, belittled and targeted. He was attacked for daring to “challenge the oppression of a black female (PUSD’s new Equity and Improvements Director).” The parent was later shouted down in a community forum discussing race by a school vice principal who disparaged the parent’s harboring of “a white male perspective.”
“What this courageous parent has had to endure for safeguarding his child’s education is a textbook example of discrimination,” commented Frank Xu, president of CFER. “While this is outrageous, I am not surprised that race-based treatment happens as a natural outgrowth of race-based teaching and the DEI dogma. Poway Unified must launch a serious investigation into this matter to ensure that it is not placing ideological indoctrination over the legal requirement of equal treatment for all.”
CFER urges the PUSD and SDCOE to investigate the claims raised in our complaint in a timely and transparent manner. We also welcome parents and community members to contact us with more information and evidence on PUSD’s racial discrimination practices. Every parent has a right to equal treatment, even when scrutinizing problematic educational materials sanctioned by the education leaders.
The copy of the complaint will be provided upon request.
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.