Newsom Defies State Law to Push Woke Curriculum

( – Liberal California lawmakers have imposed a woke curriculum on public schools by adopting strict standards regarding diversity lessons backed up by state law. Astonishingly, they include frameworks for health education that requires sex-ed materials for younger students and history-social science texts glorifying LGBTQ+ history. As one might expect, conservative school districts have started pushing back on those laws and their efforts to push a woke agenda on kids, leading to a recent clash with Governor Gavin Newsom (D).

On Tuesday, July 18, Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) board members voted to reject the state-mandated history-social curriculum. The panel voted three-to-two to refuse the material based on its inclusion of material about LGBT activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. Local news outlets reported that parents and board members expressed concerns regarding allegations the former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors had a history of pedophilia.

The following day, Newsom’s office issued a press release announcing the state had defiantly entered into a contract to secure new textbooks for the students. The notice said the officials would deliver the books “into the hands of students and their parents,” along with a bill and a $1.5 million fine to school board members. Newsom accused them of “willfully” violating the law, subverting parental rights, and forcing children to use an out-of-print textbook.

Then, on Friday, the TVUSD board voted unanimously to adopt the state-approved textbook. Later that day, the governor’s office released a statement by Newsom about the controversy. Despite acknowledging the school board members’ decision to back down, the governor saw fit to lash out at the panel, calling them “demagogues who whitewash history… and perpetuate prejudice.”

However, the school board may have gotten the last laugh. Local television station KTLA-5 reported that the members said they would pull any material referencing Milk from the classroom curriculum. The panel said it might consider replacing it with material related to another historical gay rights figure but didn’t take any action.

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