California’s dramatic move to shift educational decisions to the statehouse and away from local districts may line the pockets of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife with profits. A current measure up for debate is to blame for this.
The bill’s purpose is to strip the ability of local school boards in more conservative areas of the state from deleting objectionable content. Titled “Instructional materials: removing instruction materials and curriculum: diversity,” the measure was introduced in February.
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In many ways, it is a reversal of the issue facing conservative state leaders across the country. In Virginia, for example, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is leading the fight against the inclusion of critical race theory in school lessons.
That drive, however, stalled in the face of local school boards exercising control over lessons implemented in their areas.
Enter California’s first lady. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the founder of the nonprofit Representation Project. The group produces films on social justice matters and provides them along with lesson plans to schools for a fee.
It claims its works are in use in 5,000 schools in California and elsewhere and reach 2.6 million students.
Under the new policy, local school boards would be powerless to reject her productions, no matter how they conflict with community standards. In other words, the statehouse could dictate materials — including the first lady’s — to be used locally.
In the Golden State, unlike Virginia, the push for CRT and other controversial leftist ideologies comes from the top.
California has a long and inglorious history of promoting woke education. Take note of the “woke math” proposals flying around the state that continue to be hotly debated.
Students would be taught math problems through “social inequality,” and five of the 14 chapters of the proposed framework would focus on “equity.” The new curriculum would deny math as a neutral science and discourage promoting talented students in favor of racial balancing.
The present bill would shift the state even further towards so-called progressive education goals. Rural districts that disagree with the statehouse radicals would have no recourse but to obey edicts from the legislature.
For example, under current law, objectionable materials may be removed from classrooms or school libraries locally. However, starting with the 2024-25 school term, books and other materials may only be removed “with approval from the state board.”