You may remember back in May when the Miller News Service wrote about how the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education sought to provide special benefits to Muslim students which allowed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to teach students, provide educational materials along with revising the district’s curricula to promote a more positive and inclusive portrayal of Islam special benefits to Muslim students. (See Story Islamic Policies Being Forced Into San Diego, CA. Schools BY JASON MILLER)
But Monday night (July 24th) the Board reversed part of its policy due to a federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of five families who challenged the constitutionality of SDUSD so called Anti-Bullying policy. Representing those five families was the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF); Charles LiMandri, FCDF President & Chief Counsel responded to the Boards decision saying “Last night, the School Board recognized the importance of protecting students of all religious beliefs from bullying as well as keeping our children safe from the influence of divisive outside forces. While we are pleased with the Board’s decision, we remain disappointed that it waited until a federal lawsuit had to be filed to implement a fair and equal anti-bullying policy that protects all students.”
According to the FCDF’s website they have “been communicating with SDUSD’s counsel with the goal of addressing the lawsuit’s allegations without further litigation; however, it is still waiting for SDUSD to respond to FCDF’s California Public Records Act request (submitted nearly three months ago) regarding the initiative and the district’s relationship with CAIR. FCDF expects the next step to occur within 1-2 weeks.”
Keep reading the Miller News Service for updates on this developing story.
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