Potential to receive teacher and student leader “anti-bias” training materials developed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), following a public records request for some concerned parent and community leader materials from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Seeking legal action. was denied.
For some the issue of content came to the fore during so-called “task force” meetings for district officials, parents and community members, which began shortly after a student posted on Instagram, attending a party in the spring. The Nazi emblem was carved out of the cup. of 2019.
As a result, the school district hired the ADL to create anti-Semitic activities for its students and to oversee the training of its teachers and student leaders in “inherent bias”, meaning unconscious stereotypes about race.
Former school board member Wendy Lees and other parents requested the training materials through a public records request. But the district authorities rejected his request saying that the content is proprietary and only for the use of teachers and student leaders.
“We tried to stop training, but we were unsuccessful,” Leese told The Epoch Times.
After several attempts to obtain ADL training materials, community member Bill Dunlop persuaded ADL to offer a session about their materials for parents and others.
That meeting, which took place in mid-November, however, did not provide the comprehensiveness of information on the material that teachers received, according to Dunlop, who he says was about the creep of critical race theory (CRT). equally concerned. , which argues that society is divided on the basis of race into oppressors and oppressed.
“We all thought ADL was about anti-Semitism,” Dunlop told The Epoch Times. “What we didn’t know was that it broadened its vision, its scope, to bring CRT.”
According to Dunlop, during his training, parents and community members received worksheets to write down personal qualities based on their race and privilege.
Other materials covered include examples of racial profiling.
Dunlop said participants in the Zoom meeting presented questions about training that were never answered.
Despite the information session by ADL, members of the community said they were dissatisfied with the material received and wanted more answers.
Dunlop, Lees and others said they are now working with the Pacific Justice Institute, a public affairs legal group, to uncover the hidden material.
“It’s outrageous that they signed a contract stating that the content is proprietary in the public domain. It so clearly lacks transparency,” Dunlop said. “We’re going to start a dialogue with the board and superintendent and we’re going to make a motion to stop any CRT training and we believe ADL training is CRT based.”
The division refers to the division between parents, members of the community, and the teachers who instruct the children.
During a board meeting in August—when the district renewed its contract with ADL for this school year—several teachers voiced their support.
Michael Hoult, principal of Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, spoke out in favor of ADL’s training, saying it brings a “deeper understanding” of the school’s minority challenges that have been highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been able to get a better glimpse and understanding of some of the challenges that our students face because of the increased awareness we have together over these past months,” said Holt. “This heightened awareness will be lost if it is not combined with increased understanding and increased training.”
Newport Harbor High School principal Sean Bolton also gave his approval for the training, which he said has been “unprecedented” for the community.
“Whether it’s anti-Semitism, racism or hatred, it’s what our leaders have called on campus,” Bolton said.
According to Dunlop, however, a key district official has indicated that ADL’s contract will not be renewed for the next school year, which The Epoch Times could not confirm.
A request for confirmation from the school district on a future contract with ADL was not returned. Additionally, information about school district training is not available to the public.