California school district prepares to spend millions promoting race hatred in the guise of “ethnic studies”
On July 27, with no discussion and no dissent, Hayward Unified School District approved a $35,395 contract with the woke group Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Consortium (LESMCC) to provide services in connection with Hayward’s new ethnic studies requirement.
LESMCC is the group behind the anti-Semitic model curriculum the California legislature rejected. Although both the ethnic studies bill California eventually passed and Gov. Newsom’s signing statement to that bill branded the rejected model curriculum as biased, bigoted, and discriminatory, the law doesn’t prohibit schools from using it.
We’ve been tracking the development of California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for a while. You can see some of our past coverage in:
- Lawsuit Challenges Attempts to Inject “Liberated Ethnic Studies” Curriculum Into California Schools;
- University of California Wants Ethnic Studies Mandate That Gov. Newsom Called Offensive to Jews;
- University of California Committee Wants to Impose Compelled Speech in High School Ethnic Studies Course;
- California Ethnic Studies Requirement Relies On Questionable Studies, Distorted Data;
- Are Only “Jews of Color” Oppressed? The Lens Of A California Ethnic Studies Leader;
- Fight Against California’s Neo-Marxist Critical Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Shifts To Individual Districts;
- Critical Race-Based California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Passes State Board of Education Vote;
- California ‘Ethnic Studies Curriculum’ Proposal Gets Worse, Heavy On Critical Race Theory and Anti-Israel Activism;
- California Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum A Subterfuge For Anti-American And Anti-Zionist Activism; and
- Legal Insurrection Foundation opposes proposed anti-Israel public school curriculum in California.
The contract includes fourteen hours of “direct service” by LESMCC staff members to the district’s ethnic studies workgroup, which is responsible for designing and implementing the courses. LESMCC will also provide a full day of professional development as an “introduction to ethnic studies for middle and high school teachers,” and three hours of “debriefing” with the ethnic studies workgroup, the contract abstract says.
Hayward initially approved an ethnic studies policy back in June 2021, reaffirming the district’s “commitment to establishing Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement by the 2022-23 school year,” as well as to expanding ethnic studies into every grade from preschool through twelfth grade. Hayward’s 2021 press release defined ethnic studies as the “interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, as understood through the perspectives of major underrepresented racial groups in the United States: African Americans, Chicanx/Latinx, Asian Americans, and Native Americans/Indigenous groups.” It added, “At HUSD, Ethnic Studies curriculum will include Pacific Islanders and Arab Americans.” In Hayward, Blacks, Hispanics – *ahem* – Latinx, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Arabs are Officially Recognized Victim Groups. No one else, apparently.
Near the bottom of the page, the press release expressly stated: “The policy and efforts to develop an Ethnic Studies framework are informed by and will include Critical Race Theory and the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.”
The 2021 press release links to the full ethnic studies policy, in which Hayward offered “Special thanks to the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition” and others. The same document specified that the curriculum would:
Include Arab American Studies and Palestinian narratives in the Ethnic Studies curriculum (designed by the Ethnic Studies Planning Group). The District unequivocally values the inclusion of Arab American Studies, particularly in light of the State’s removal of these narratives from the CA Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum in 2021.
The document paid lip-service to acknowledging anti-Semitism (along with racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, and ageism), but Hayward’s curriculum description does not mention it.
Hayward recently received $135,000 from California (out of $50 million released by the state) to implement its ethnic studies requirement. That’s small potatoes, compared to the $40 million Hayward plans to spend on ethnic studies just in its own school district.
Hayward Unified School District approved a $35,395 contract with Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Consortium (LESMCC) a group featuring those who crafted the first ethnic studies curriculum draft that was biased in favor of BDS https://t.co/BpJdnZkZg9 @JewishJournal
— Aaron Bandler (@bandlersbanter) July 29, 2022
Hayward now joins Castro Valley in hiring the racist folks at LESMCC to provide anti-Semitic brainwashing to its students in the guise of teaching them ethnic studies. (Hayward and Castro Valley are adjoining school districts in Alameda County.) Castro Valley is paying $82,560 to LESMCC. Napa Valley school district initially approved a $38,490 contract with LESMCC in April 2022, but a couple of weeks later – after receiving some unfavorable press about it – decided not to move forward with the project.
According to a lawsuit, LESMCC is also disseminating its teaching materials to Los Angeles school district teachers, and providing training to them in how to sneak anti-Semitic content into their classrooms. Other school districts have hired LESMCC principals or staffers (as opposed to contracting with the consortium itself) to develop their own ethnic studies curricula, and/or to train teachers, include Salinas Union High School District, San Diego Unified School District, and Jefferson Elementary School Board.DONATE
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