For Immediate Release
July 16, 2021
SAN DIEGO, CA – July 16, 2021- On July 15th, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) published a special report titled “CRT in Action: A Summary of Case Findings.” Built upon dozens of case submissions to CFER’s CRT Tip Line, this timely publication examines real-time implementation of policy mandates, programs and curricular in public education, which are rooted in or inspired by critical race theory (CRT). It is a faithful, empirical analysis of CRT in our PK-12 classrooms, school districts and professional development.
“This unprecedented report reflects a grim reality in our public schools in California and beyond, where officials and educators take advantage of their authority to brainwash our children, as young as six-year-old,” said Frank Xu, president of CFER. “Sadly, this is only the tip of the iceberg. With this initial report of important findings, we want to urge more parents and citizens to share with CFER evidence of CRT’s real-life applications. We must unite in our actions to improve quality public education, rather than the historical revisionism and political indoctrination pushed by CRT!”
In one particularly egregious case, the dogma of race-based thinking invades early education in Monterey County, California, where the County Office of Education promotes “anti-racist early childhood” to mitigate racial biases in early care. In another instance, a school district board official in San Diego openly acknowledged ethnic studies as a pedagogical source to be infused in math to advance anti-racism and equity.
In addition to giving a research-based, comprehensive summary of various cases, CFER’s special report touches upon four general trends of CRT’s inroads in public education:
1. CRT narratives occupy various public policy mandates from diversity and equity offices, to inclusive and anti-racist professional development.
2. CRT-infused teaching materials are found in lower grades including kindergartens.
3. CRT-based concepts are infused in basic disciplines, such as math, English, and ethnic studies.
4. CRT-informed courses and social justice standards become mandatory for graduation.
These interconnected trends also demonstrate an organized manner of this ideological takeover in three steps. Oftentimes, it starts with a policy mandate using fancy euphemisms such as a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” resolution or an Ethnic Studies policy. Then the school district implements CRT-centered curricula and training programs. Lastly, CRT-based academic contents and social justice standards become a requirement for graduation.
While this race-based ideology is systematically and aggressively eroding our public education system, an equally formidable and organic alliance of concerned parents, sensible educators, conscientious intellectuals and common-sense citizens are rising up against CRT’s illiberal grab of power and wealth. CFER will continue to monitor ground-level developments of CRT in our schools and communities. We also encourage more people to come forth and share their stories with us.
You can read and download CFER’s Special Report here: https://cferfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/CFER-Report-CRT-in-Action.pdf.
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.