October 4, 2023

Banning textbook bans in California is the aim of a invoice now headed to the governor’s desk.

In primarily party-line votes, the Democratic-controlled state legislature on Thursday, Sept. 7, handed AB 1078, laws seen as Sacramento’s counter-strike towards conservative faculty boards that maintain sure textbooks and associated supplies out of the classroom.

Generally, the boards say they’re defending kids from pornography and different dangerous content material. Critics contend they’re making an attempt to erase any point out of LGBTQ individuals or truthful classes in regards to the position of race in U.S. historical past.

A textbook showdown occurred earlier this yr in Temecula, the place the college board rejected an elementary social research curriculum with supplemental supplies that referenced the late LGBTQ civil rights chief Harvey Milk. Two board members referred to as Milk a “pedophile.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened to ship textbooks to Temecula and positive the Temecula Valley Unified College District if the board didn’t approve the curriculum. The Temecula faculty board ultimately adopted it.

Sponsored by Assemblymember Corey Jackson, D-Perris, AB 1078 would require faculty boards to approve supplies that “precisely painting the contributions of individuals of all genders and the position and contributions of Latino Individuals, LGBTQ+ Individuals, and different ethnic, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic standing teams.”

College boards defying the mandate would threat dropping state funding.

AB 1078 would apply to high school library supplies as properly. The invoice would additionally let the state purchase textbooks for college districts that don’t comply, with the associated fee popping out of these districts’ share of state cash.

Newsom, a Democrat, is anticipated to signal the invoice.

“California is the true freedom state: a spot the place households — not political fanatics — have the liberty to determine what’s proper for them,” the governor stated in a information launch issued by Jackson’s workplace.

“With the passage of this laws that bans guide bans and ensures all college students have textbooks, our state’s Household Agenda is now even stronger. All college students deserve the liberty to learn and study in regards to the reality, the world, and themselves.”