California school district adopts ‘liberated’ ethnic-studies program marked by ‘extreme anti-Israel’ bias

California Gov. Gavin Newsom give an update to the state's response to the coronavirus, at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova Calif., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. At right is California Health and Human Services Agency Director Dr. Mark Ghaly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

Assessment: The leaders of the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute produced a curriculum that contained anti-Semitic and extreme anti-Israel bias and excluded anti-Semitism from the glossary of different forms of oppression and prejudice.” 

Jewish groups in California took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper on Wednesday to voice their displeasure and concern with a school-board decision to engage an ethnic-studies curriculum for high school and middle-school students that they say will lead to hostility towards Israel and Jewish students.

Appearing in the Castro Valley Forum, the ad reads, in part: “The Castro Valley Unified School District claims it is committed to ensuring the inclusion and belonging of all students and families with its tagline ‘All Means All.’ However, it appears this declaration comes with a notable exception: Jews not included.”

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.” Luke 23:34

Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, Calif.. Credit: Castro Valley School District.

The ad is sponsored by local branches of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center and Chabad of Castro Valley.

On Jan. 19, the school board for the Castro Valley Unified School District unanimously approved—to the tune of more than $82,000—a measure that will allow the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute to provide ethnic-studies “professional training” and “curriculum development.”

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