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A table from the teaching materials provided by Just Communities Central Coast to the Santa Barbara Unified School District.
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California Parents Sue to Block ‘Creeping, Social Justice Warrior’ Instruction in Schools

Federal lawsuit against Santa Barbara School District over ‘unconscious bias’ curriculum

By Katy Grimes, March 6, 2019 3:07 pm

Attorney Eric Early.

In an interview, Early said they brought suit against the “anti-Caucasian, anti-Christian organization calling itself, Just Communities Central Coast, Inc. (“JCCC”), and its’ willing enabler, SBUSD,”  because Defendants have employed and continue to employ policies and procedures for teaching SBUSD’s teachers and students that unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and religion.

Early said the lawsuit seeks to put a stop to a “creeping, social justice warrior, alt-left takeover of the Santa Barbara Unified School District.”

From the lawsuit, Early includes the following chart, one of many examples, copied directly from Just Communities Central Coast’s materials and speaks for itself:

According to Early and parents, SBUSD and Just Communities are using the following adopted curriculum from the Institute for Equity in Education, a project of JUST Communities:

  • “White People: A term used to describe people of European ancestry, who have historically held positions of dominance, privilege, and social power in Western society. This term has changed over time based on societal notions of those in power.”
  • “Collusion (of white people) working together to make something happen…—intentionally or unintentionally—consciously or unconsciously—by action, inaction, or silence.”
  • ”(White People) Privilege: Unearned access to resources that enhance one’s chances of getting what one needs, or influencing others in order to lead a safe, fulfilling, productive life.”

California Department of Education, transitional kindergarten through grade three…explains gender:

  • “Some people say there are only two genders. But there are really many genders. And for some people there are more than just two choices. These are just a few words people use: trans, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, transgender, gender-neutral, agender, neutrois, bi-gender, third-gender, two-spirit…”
  • ”…and there are even more words people are using to describe their experience. This is called gender spectrum.”
  • “Babies can’t talk, so grownups make a guess by looking at their bodies.”

“Dispelling myths about gender expectations in kindergarten can lay the groundwork for acceptance, inclusiveness, and an anti-bullying environment in schools,” the proposed framework states. “Gender non-conformity and physical characteristics are often at the root of many forms of bullying.” Chapter 3: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Three

In September, I covered this significant curriculum change in “California Schools Pushing Racist, LGBT, SJW Agenda on Children,” and explained:

The Santa Barbara School Board is considering three memorandums of understanding that would allow Just Communities Central Coast to continue to plan and facilitate teacher development and training programs addressing diversity and inequality issues. The Just Communities Central Coast’s mission is ostensibly to improve inclusion and empowering individuals from schools, nonprofit organizations and other entities, because “Social change doesn’t take place in a vacuum.”

Promoting ‘Unconscious Bias’

Early said under the guise of promoting so-called “unconscious bias” and “inclusivity” instruction, Just Communities Central Coast’s actual curriculum and practices are overtly and intentionally anti-Caucasian, anti-male, and anti-Christian. “SBUSD has whole heartedly supported and promoted JCCC’s discriminatory program and has paid JCCC more than $1,000,000 since 2013 alone, and on September 11, 2018, considered contracting with JCCC for additional 4 years at a cost to the taxpayers of more than $1.7 million. On October 9, 2018, SBUSD renewed its contract with JCCC for another year at a cost to the taxpayers of nearly $300,000.”

Additionally, SBUSD’s Board Policy requires SBUSD to obtain a conflict of interest statement regarding the relationships between Just Communities Central Coast and SBUSD, which SBUSD has failed to do, Early said.

Parents and teachers consider this curriculum inappropriate and detrimental to their children. Early describes the material as “political and divisive,” and noted that many of the meetings between Just Communities Central Coast and the Santa Barbara school board took place behind closed doors.

Early says the patently discriminatory proposed curriculum is “is a violation of California Government Code and California Education Code.”

With these eye-opening curriculum changes, it is clear why recent national and state polls show rising percentages of parents and the public that want school choice.

Early said the curriculum is about ideology, not education, and the program is divisive. “Let the District go about diversity training the proper way.”

Early filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction, which was scheduled for February 25th, then moved to March 4. Early says he is still waiting for the Court to issue its ruling. California Globe will follow up once the decision is issued.

UPDATE:

Attorney Early notified me Wednesday evening the Court granted JCCC’s January motion dismissing the case, without prejudice, which means, Early and the parents group can refile with changes. the dismissal was largely on the grounds that there was not a sufficient showing of Associational Standing, which Early believes they can do.  As for the Motion for Preliminary Injunction – because that was based on a state statute requiring contracts such as JCCC’s to be submitted for public bidding, the Federal Court refused to hear the claim, even though Early and plaintiffs believed there were sufficient grounds for doing so. They will need to bring the state based claim in state, rather than Federal court.

 

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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