On April 9th, CFER and five cosigning organizations submitted a groundbreaking civil rights complaint against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) regarding its unlawful, discriminatory critical race training of teachers and employees. This is our nation’s first ever civil rights complaint against critical race theory (CRT). The Complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), SDUSD and the San Diego County Office of Education. On April 19th, SDUSD’s Uniform Complaint Compliance Officer Lynn A. Ryan formally acknowledged receiving our case and confirmed a 06/06/2021 deadline for the District’s investigation into the case.
Against operating procedures and without any prior consultation with the complainants, SDUSD unilaterally decided to transfer our case to the Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH) on May 5th. This highly unusual development is in direct violation of the procedures for investigating discrimination complaints, as outlined in AR 4030. SDUSD has a legal obligation to investigate pursuant to its own administrative regulations, yet chose to deter our effort to seek relief against race-based treatment in its programs with bureaucratic red tapes and intentional detours. We must fight for a fair and transparent process for our Complaint to be lawfully and thoroughly investigated!
While CFER and our volunteer supporters absorbed all costs associated with drafting and submitting the Complaint, we now need to advance our efforts by retaining experienced legal counsel to represent us in front of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Board of SDUSD. In this fighting spirit, we want to kindly ask you for your contributions! Our initial fundraising goal is $10,000.
CFER’s pioneering civil rights complaint against SDUSD has huge implications for the rest of the country. As America’s original civil rights complaint against CRT, CFER’s initiative is a trend setter for a viable route to challenge the divisive and discriminatory practices of treating individuals disparately based on race. Since our filing in early April, we have received positive feedback and information on similar training programs in many other school districts. With the professional help of an attorney with extensive experience in school district matters, we are confident that CFER will scale our hugely important project against CRT.
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.