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2. 鼓励家长email学区总监Terry Walker, 表达家长们的困惑，寻求相关政策的解释及法律依据--与会及所有热心家长
3. 反馈学区的回复，并由此制定下一步计划 --热心家长
4. 约谈学区总监，反应家长们的意见 --热心家长
5. 与学区建立长久，定期的监控和联系，积极代表和维护华人学生的利益 --热心家长
Dear Mr. Walker,
As a parent, I was appalled and deeply disturbed by IUSD's newly enforced Student Enrollment Form where race categories for Asian students are further partitioned into overly detailed sub-categories such as Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean and etc. The partition or separation of Asian group, without the same level of separation for White, African American, or Hispanic students, is a racist act. What is the legal foundation for this new move? What is the purpose of this? Why is it only targeting kids who have an Asian origin? I, like many other parents, simply cannot wrap my mind around it.
America is a country with mixed cultures. As educators our wonderful teachers have instilled American values such as equality into the mind of all our precious little kids, who look up to adults to uphold what they SAY they believe. But then in practice, the school district is ACTING in the opposite manner which completely hurts a minority community and the next generation American kids. I personally know hundreds of thousands of concerned parents in Irvine, as well as Tustin, who are in the process of communicating with their school district. We urge the school district to look into this and correct the systematic bias against kids who happen to have an Asian origin. We also believe that the collection and disclosure of student's overly detailed demographic information should be based on parents' consent.
Time is of essence. Some of my friends can't complete the registration process because of this mandatory requirement. Also, to my best recollection, I didn't disclose my kid's race when I registered him a few years ago. To my surprise, his race is stated as "Chinese" in his profile. Can I have the option to change it back to Asian or leave it blank?
We really appreciate your attention to this matter and we look forward to receiving your response regarding this matter.
Thank you for your attention.
Thank you for your explanation, but I do not believe the law actually mandates me to disclose detailed racial/ethnic information as you explained.
There are two sources of legal authority for the race/ethnicity question in the enrollment form, one from the federal government and one from our state law (Gov. Code 8310.5). In my case, the federal requirement limits racial/ethnic information to the “Asian” level and does not require any further details. It is true that the federal guidelines state that a third-party can“identify non-respondents by observation”, but such third-party identification via observation will be obviously limited to the “Asian” granularity and cannot go beyond it.
The California requirement, under Gov. Code 8310.5, is not mandatory in nature. The code says “[a] state agency, board, or commission ... shall use separate collection categories and tabulations for the following [ethnic groups].” Literally and clearly, the “shall” language is with respect to “use separate collection categories”; it does not in any way demand that the data collection be mandatory in nature. In other words, it would be perfectly fine that a state agency uses multiple separatecollection categories and make the corresponding data collection optional/discretional (i.e., not mandatory), while still satisfying Gov. Code 8310.5. Equivalently, in my case, a parent should have a “decline to state” option for racial/ethnic categories beyond the “Asian” level.
The CDE’s FAQ website is defective and misleading in the sense that it commingles the federal requirement and its guidelines with the state law. There is no direct connection between the two. And there is no legal authority for a stateagency to adopt any “third-party observer” when implementing Gov. Code 8310.5.
As such, I refuse to provide for my kid any racial/ethnic information beyond “Asian”, which satisfies the federal requirement. To be clear, I do not believe Gov. Code 8310.5 mandates me to fill in any racial/ethnic information beyond “Asian” and I will refuse to do so. I wonder if in such a case my kid cannot be enrolled in our home school. Thank you.