Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.
The plan drew little attention when the school board approved it April 4. Public comments from staff and community members were uniformly positive. Pushback gradually spread in conservative media and on social media, with many critics calling it an unwanted intrusion of Muslim beliefs and culture. District officials have vigorously defended the plan in recent weeks, saying bullying of Muslim students was pervasive and vastly underreported.
The multiyear plan includes ensuring staff calendars include Muslim holidays, reviewing library materials on Muslim culture, providing resources to teachers, and engaging in partnerships with the Council on American Islamic Relations. The district also plans to consider high school clubs that promote American Muslim culture, create “safe spaces” for students, and train staff members about Muslim culture.
A version of this article appeared in the June 07, 2017 edition of Education Week as San Diego District Sued for Anti-Islamophobia Plan