Californians for Equal Rights Foundation
June 12, 2021
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CFER On the Frontline of Combatting CRT
This week, we collaborated with local parents and citizens' groups in San Diego for a successful rally against the promotion of critical race theory by San Diego Unified School District in its 2021-2 Local Control and Accountability Plan. The plan, estimated to cost over $77 million in taxpayer funds, is engulfed in in two central themes--- anti-racism for all District practices and an ethnic studies initiative to be infused in all educational activities. We hope that our rally, along with a similar initiative last week regarding ethnic studies in Poway Unified, strengthens a genuine counter movement to empower local parents and community members to reject CRT in practice. CFER, along with parent representatives, will meet with officials from Poway Unified on 06/17. 

At the state level, CFER is honored to be joined by 26 partner groups including nationally renowned organizations and grassroots networks in a coalition letter against California's ethnic studies state mandate-AB101. Our broad-based and diverse alliance for unity is growing! In this encouraging spirit, we also want to encourage more likeminded groups to join our upcoming open statement against CRT. Please reply directly to this email if your group is interested in learning more!
The State of Education
*The California Legislature proposes a budget to eliminate two testing requirements for teachers. 
*72% of California school districts are offering summer programs that include academic classes; 87% are offering classes with targeted support for disadvantaged students.
*A study by National Society for the Advancement of Black Americans found no high school graduation gap in Virginia. 
*California school districts benefit from $15.3 billion of federal funding and $6.6 billion in state assistance; but the state lacks a sound system to track district-level spending. 
Great Debates of Our Times
*Do antiracist education, racial equity and their likes represent social progress or a mass of ideological abstractions?
*Is promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our military woke race essentialism or an innocent target in "Republicans' cultural war"?
*Can academic freedom survive CRT or legislative bans on it?
*To which extent should our central banks devote themselves to social justice and equity vis-a-vis the economy?
*Does "Defunding the Police" deflect from a more serious reality of community violence and create more violence?
Diversity or Thought Conformity?
*The Board Diversity Census shows stagnant racial diversity among S&P 500 company boards: while 32% of the newly appointed board members are black, an 82% are still white.
*As a result, corporate compliance officers are taking a leading role in pursuing diversity goals for risk management.
*California lacks judicial diversity in major Latino counties.
*Morgan County Schools adopts a DEI statement written by students focusing on cultural diversity.
*In the name of diversity and equity, a top Manhattan middle school ends its accelerated math classes, enraging parents.
The Anti-Racism Battlefront
*Iowa Governor signs law targeting critical race theory.
*Florida Board of Education passes an anti-CRT rule. A similar plan is considered by the Alabama Board of Education.
*Teachers in over 22 cities are planning protests at historic sites against state legislative bans on CRT.
*Diverse parents in Virginia, California, Florida and Nevada speak up against CRT, showing the movement's broad base.
*Five families in Loudon County Virginia are suing the school district for CRT teaching in the federal court.
*Oak Middle School in Orange County assigns "Why I'm a racist" for English classes. 
Interesting Tidbit
*A $200 million federal budget proposal replaces "mother" with "birthing person" and calls for implicit bias training. 
*An English teacher at a top NJ prep school resigned, alleging "a hostile culture of conformity and fear" based on CRT.
*A California community college leader argues that ethnic studies can "broaden the perspectives of white students."
*Seattle City Department of Finance and Administrative Services demeans Seattle police as white supremacists. 
CFER Foundation News & Media Coverage
*On 06/09, CFER helped organize a protest against San Diego Unified budget proposal for anti-racism and ethnic studies. 
*Our protest was covered by KUSIFox 5, and Yahoo News.
*CFER's initiative in Poway Unified was featured by SDUT.
*Our work against CRT is also covered by Daily Caller. 
*AB101 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee in the coming week and AB105 is scheduled for a hearing at the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement on 06/21. CFER will  issue an action alert and testify against both bills.

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