San Francisco Unified School District provides training to staff that labels “perfectionism” and “individualism” as characteristics of “white supremacy culture”; provides training that promotes illegal immigration with the idea that “no one is illegal on stolen land”


Parents Defending Education submitted a public records request to the San Francisco Unified School District seeking any materials provided or shown to staff during training regarding students who are immigrants or in the United States illegally. The district provided PDE with hundreds of pages of documents. One document that PDE received was titled “Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture.” The document has a list of perceived characteristics of white supremacy, including “perfectionism,” “sense of urgency,” “worship of the written word,” “individualism,” and “objectivity.”

PDE also received a document titled “Newcomer RTI Support Services Planning Guide.” One point in this document is to explicitly protect illegal aliens: “Adherence to & Promotion of Sanctuary City Ordinance.” The document also states that staff should have training in “Cultural Competency & Humility” and “Immigrant Youth & Police Contact.” Another point is “Recognizing specific challenges of newcomers.” This includes “immigration status” and “court appointments.” This document also includes a list of resources for illegal students.

PDE additionally received a presentation titled “Understanding & Supporting the Newcomer Journey.” This presentation starts with a “Land Acknowledgment” and promotes “racial equity” and “anti-racism.” The presentation features videos that appear to promote illegal immigration, such as “Children on the Run in Central America” and “The Life of an Unaccompanied Minor in L.A.”

Another presentation is titled “Building Sanctuary.” This presentation starts with a “Land Acknowledgment” that states “no one is illegal on stolen land.” A focus of this presentation is “Racial Equity Framing” and states that “immigration is a black issue.” The presentation promotes that California is a “sanctuary state” and that the district is a “sanctuary school district.” This presentation tells staff how to handle U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).