BANGALORE: California, often referred to as the Golden State, may be one of the best places to release your ‘American Dream’; but it might no longer be a safe haven for your kids. This is because the proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5, which is passed by the senate and waiting for clearance in the Assembly, would remove all constitutional anti-discrimination protection on public education in the state.
“(a) The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. ”
The new amendment is schemed to change the educational system as we know in the state and will take away the entire constitutional safeguard on public education in the Golden State against all kinds of discrimination. Adding the woes of the migrant population is the fact that, SCA 5 is merely the first step towards terrible laws such as SB 185, which will empower University of California and the California State University, or any public education institute, to espouse discriminatory admission standards.
SCA 5 will also clash with the Equal Protection Clause, which reads-
“No State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”