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Lawsuit accusing New York City officials of discriminating against Asian American students thrown out by judge

  • Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos has junked a lawsuit that aimed to stop a 2018 diversity initiative that the plaintiffs say discriminated against Asian American students.
  • The lawsuit, filed by civil rights organizations and Asian American parents of public school students, claimed that the admissions changes made by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former City Education Chancellor Richard A. Carranza violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • The diversity initiative changed the admissions processes of eight prestigious high schools in a bid to increase the number of low-income students in the most selective high schools in New York.
  • By altering the eligibility criteria to target admissions from lower-income schools, more slots were made available at such schools, resulting in a 5-20 percent increase in each school's incoming class.
  • Several Asian American civic and parent groups argued that the initiative violated the Equal Protection Clause since most of the low-income students who qualify for it are Black or Hispanic.
  • In his ruling, Ramos made note of 2019 and 2020 data that showed the number of Asian American students at selective high schools still rose even after the changes were imposed.

A New York court has junked a lawsuit accusing city officials of discriminating against Asian American students during the 2018 selective high school admissions process in the city. 

According to the lawsuit filed by civil rights organizations and parents of public school students, the admissions changes made by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former city education chancellor Richard A. Carranza violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

Language school in Japan decertified over Vietnamese student being chained for hours

  • The Nishinihon International Education Institute in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, Japan, was decertified after one of its staff chained and padlocked a Vietnamese student for hours last year.
  • The incident reportedly occurred when the student expressed his desire to transfer to another school.
  • The teacher allegedly hooked a chain around his belt and the student’s before padlocking the chain.
  • The school has since admitted to the incident, and the staff member involved has resigned. They described the behavior as “a prank without bad intentions.”
  • The school is currently in the process of appealing the ruling.

A Japanese language school in Japan was decertified after one of its staff chained and padlocked a Vietnamese student for hours last year.

The Nishinihon International Education Institute in the southwestern city of Fukuoka has been removed from the nation’s immigration agency’s list of approved schools, the Immigration Services Agency announced on Wednesday.

SF school board admonishes commissioner Ann Hsu over ‘flat-out wrong and racist’ comments

  • San Francisco school board member Ann Hsu was formally admonished over her controversial comments about the challenges of educating marginalized students.
  • Responding to an SF Parent Action Coalition questionnaire, Hsu wrote that the biggest challenges for Black and brown students are “unstable family environments” and a “lack of parental encouragement to focus on learning.”
  • The response drew ire from advocates and organizations, including civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which condemned her comments and called for her resignation.
  • On Tuesday, the school board held a special meeting to address the issue, which resulted in the vote to officially admonish her.
  • "I said things that perpetuated harmful stereotypes," Hsu was quoted as saying during the meeting. "I made a mistake, and I'm deeply sorry."
  • Despite the controversy, Hsu gained supporters, including organizations such as the Chinese Parent Advisory Council, the Chinese American Democratic Club and AsianAmericanVoters.org.

Members of San Francisco’s school board unanimously voted to admonish commissioner Ann Hsu over her controversial comments about equitable education.

Last month, Hsu was criticized for her answers to a questionnaire from the SF Parent Action.

SF official calls for school board member’s resignation following ‘flat-out wrong and racist’ comments

  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton called for the resignation of board member Ann Hsu following her "flat-out wrong and racist" comments in a recent San Francisco Parent Action Coalition questionnaire.
  • “Yeah sure, thank you for the apology, but at the end of the day this is probably reflective of how a person really feels,” Walton said on Wednesday. “It’s disheartening that someone like that is in a position to make decisions for our children."
  • Hsu reportedly implied in one of her responses that "marginalized students especially in the Black and brown community" are not fully supported by their families.
  • “Unstable family environments caused by housing and food insecurity along with lack of parental encouragement to focus on learning cause children to not be able to focus on or value learning,” Hsu wrote.
  • She eventually apologized for her comments in a Twitter thread on Tuesday, explaining that she “made a mistake.”
  • Hsu was one of the three school board members sworn in by Mayor London Breed in March to replace recalled members following a special election in February.

A top San Francisco official is calling for the resignation of school board member Ann Hsu following her controversial comments that “perpetuate harmful stereotypes on Black and Brown students and their families.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton called for Hsu’s resignation, describing what happened as “disheartening.”

San Francisco ousts 3 school board members over ‘anti-Asian’ policies

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  • Three members of the San Francisco School Board were removed from office after a recall election on Tuesday.
  • Demands for a recall sprang in early 2021 after the board pushed to rename 44 schools instead of working to get children back into classrooms.
  • The ousted members also voted on using a lottery system at Lowell High School, ending a century-long process of merit-based admissions that has kept its student population predominantly Asian.
  • Mayor London Breed, the top figure who supported the recall, said the results deliver a clear message that the board “must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else.”

Three members of San Francisco’s Board of Education were removed from office after a landslide vote in a recall election held on Tuesday.

The result brings a sense of relief for activists who have pushed for the members’ recall over misplaced priorities, including what many perceived to be “anti-Asian” policies.

California school worker on leave after message to students’ parents that said ‘China gave us this Covid’

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  • An employee at Baldy View Elementary School in California was placed on leave after sending anti-Asian messages to students’ parents via a school messaging app.
  • “The school wants everyone to wear red tomorrow (Feb. 1) but I disagree and do not support the CCP,” read the message. “I am sorry and disagree. China gave us this Covid and will not wear red. Parents you need to wake up!”
  • It is a tradition among Chinese to wear red clothing during Lunar New Year celebrations, as the color is associated with good luck.
  • The Upland Unified School District did not provide details about the employee’s name or their position in the school; however, Superintendent Lynn J. Carmen Day confirmed that the staff member was immediately put on leave after officials discovered the insensitive message.

A California elementary school has placed an employee on leave after she allegedly sent an anti-Asian message to students’ parents.

In a message sent to the parents of Baldy View Elementary School students on Jan. 31, the unnamed employee of Upland Unified School District (UUSD) said that they would not join in the school’s Lunar New Year celebrations, reported KTLA

Illinois Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach Asian American History

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Illinois is now on its way to becoming the first state to require public schools to teach Asian American history as part of its curriculum as the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act enters final voting.

The final phase: The TEAACH Act (HB 376) received a unanimous vote of 57-0 at the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, according to Injustice Watch.

Over 2,500 Asian American New Yorkers Sign Letter Demanding Inclusion in History Curriculum

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More than 2,500 residents of New York City have come together to sign an open letter calling for the inclusion of Asian American history in public schools on Monday.

The letter, addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, argues that the surge in anti-Asian incidents has highlighted the “woefully inadequate” education of Asian American history in the school curriculum — and that instruction must start in the earliest grades.

SB City College VP On Leave After Asking Why Japanese Americans Didn’t ‘Just Leave’ Concentration Camps

Joyce Coleman, the vice president of Santa Barbara Community College’s Extended Learning program, is being investigated for offensive comments targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The comments being addressed were said at the SBCC’s Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee on March 23, according to Santa Barbara Independent.

Middle School Teachers Suspended Over ‘Derogatory’ Test Question Against Chinese Culture

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Three middle school teachers with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD) in Texas have been put on administrative leave pending investigation on a test question that encouraged racial stereotypes about Chinese culture.

Joy Lim, a 2018 Carrollton Creekview High School graduate, shared the question on Twitter Tuesday, which she says had appeared on her sixth-grade sister’s social studies quiz.