Recently, Patrick Henry High School Principal Michelle Irwin, with no prior notification or discussion with parents, decided to remove several honors, advanced and gifted education courses from the curriculum. Her stated reason was to move away from “stratifying” classes and to “eliminate racial disparities in honors enrollment.” This is Critical Race Theory (CRT) in action. To achieve “educational equity,” Principal Irwin seeks to reduce the educational gap by eliminating educational opportunities for gifted children of all races. Under CRT’s twisted logic, if our students all learn the same less challenging material at a slower pace, they will all succeed.
These ill-conceived equity-driven policies at San Diego’s largest high school are at odds with two foundational principles of America’s public education system: providing a high-quality education to all students (regardless of race) and encouraging and rewarding achievement. 
Ironically, there is growing evidence that equity-driven policies actually increase the educational gap between races. Chris Stewart, a black CEO of the educational think tank Brightbeam, stated in a 2020 report entitled “The Secret Shame”: «We tried to explain [the increase in achievement gap in districts which implement equity policies] away, but we couldn’t.”
Closer to home, in October 2020, Coronado’s School Board Trustees approved Policy 0415. In measure nine, the CUSD policy states the Governing Board shall “Review current program evaluations focusing on educational equity and address the academic outcomes and performance of all students on all indicators.” In other words, equality of results. Would disparities in outcomes between students of different races lead to the elimination of gifted programs in Coronado, as well?
During recent CUSD school board meetings, I have spoken against the negative effects equity-based policies will have on our highest-achieving students. As a declared candidate for CUSD’s school Board, if elected, I will advocate for expanding Coronado High School’s offerings of Honors and AP courses. I will also advocate for expanding tutoring, academic coaching and tailored remediation for students who struggle with the standard curriculum. All students in our community deserve the best we can offer. 

VOL. 112, NO. 16 - April 20, 2022

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MikeS

As a school board candidate, you should try to improve both your reading comprehension and auditory skills. All posted materials including board meetings, newsletters and public presentations on learning, instruction and the budget from the school district have clearly shown that increased academic achievement and opportunities for ALL students is written into all plans and goals. They have increased students taking college preparatory, honors, Advanced Placement and articulated college courses so you saying you will "advocate for expanding Coronado High School’s offerings of Honors and AP courses; expanding tutoring, academic coaching and tailored remediation for students who struggle with the standard curriculum." just equals you saying that you have no idea what's currently going on and that, if elected, you will continue what CUSD is and has been ALREADY doing as approved in the LCAP, Long Range Plan and targeted grants & funds outlined publicly. Similarly, they've already dedicated new assessments, tutoring, interventions and targeted classes to bringing students up to grade level and addressing learning challenges with the goal of reducing # students with D or F grades or not on track for graduation or college eligibility. <---This is actually what equity work is addressing - identifying more & different approaches for students who struggle in school so that the outcomes for students with disabilities and those who are disadvantaged are higher. Such students getting help does NOT take anything from those who excel, just like building a ramp to enter a building for those who need it doesn't stop anyone else from sprinting up the stairs instead.

You are writing about a mistake that happened in another school district/high school and conflating it with district work when you provide zero evidence that anything similar is occurring in CUSD. It is clear that you just trying to perpetuate the false ideas that supporting students who need help somehow is an enemy of equality. You should go ahead on record and say you don't support the Americans with Disabilities Act, IDEA, and all of the articles of the Constitution that require equal protection under the law as well as all statutes which protect Americans from discrimination.

jrainey82

If he doesn't publicly condemn our kids as "racist, classist, and colorist" he is better qualified to serve on the CUSD School Board than any of the four incumbent members.

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