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Stop Critical Ethnic Studies

Help Correct California's Dangerous Course to Promote Liberated/Critical Ethnic Studies

Dear friends,

As you know, California has been on a multi-year, ideologically driven trajectory to institute ethnic studies, first as a mandatory college course for California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC), and then as a high school graduation requirement. Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) has worked with our partner groups and local supporters to raise public awareness on harmful ramifications of teaching ethnic studies through a critical theory perspective. Our victorious lawsuit has prompted the State Department of Education to delete two religious chants from the state-approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).

But we are facing a new set of challenges now, in which bad-faith actors seek to introduce a more radical version of ethnic studies at the local level, called Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (LESMC). Even though the LESMC resembles closely the state rejected first draft of ESMC, the entire education establishment has thrown its heavy weight behind this divisive curriculum which is infested with tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT). These three inter-locking developments are particularly troubling:

  1. A new proposal by the UC Academic Senate for the system to add UC-approved ethnic studies to its A-G undergraduate admissions requirements. The UC guidelines for ethnic studies are rooted in CRT (“recognize and interrogate power and oppression,” “analyze and assess…white supremacy… anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism”). At the same time, UC's A-G Ethnic Studies Faculty Workgroup is staffed with CRT scholars and LESMC proponents.
  2. The approval of an $82,000 contract by the Castro Valley Unified School Board to contract with the LESMC Institute for ethnic studies professional training and curriculum development. Before then, a number of local school district including Hayward Unified School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Salinas Union High School District, and San Diego Unified School District had endorsed or sought formal connections with LESMC.
  3. The introduction of a state bill AB2235 which would require the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop authorization in ethnic studies. Authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina who orchestrated the high school ethnic studies mandate (AB101) last year, AB2235 would give the state education apparatus deferential power to determine how ethnic studies should be taught.

In summary, all these developments are engineered by a small but well-connected group of fringe ideologues to hijack California's public education, corrupt the teaching of ethnic studies and indoctrinate our students.

California has the lowest literacy rate of any state and our public education system needs serious reforms. At this critical juncture, it is inconceivable for the educational bureaucracy including woke UC, radical lawmakers and politically motivated school district leaders to divert massive public funds to institute ethnic studies.

Please act now to urge Governor Gavin Newsom and Superintend Tony Thurmond to stop LESMC from spreading in local schools. You can fill out the short form and send the customizable sample letter (developed by CFER's partner Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies, ACES) to make your voice heard. Alternatively, you can also fill out ACES's form here.

Thank you in advance for your support!


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