Gov. Newsom Inks Law To Punish Free-Thinking Schools

California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ratified a law on Monday that will strongarm schools across the Golden State, leaving them unable to opt out of state-approved LGBT fodder which has already made its way into many classrooms.

Scratch that. Sure, schools can opt out. They just can’t opt out without facing severe consequences imposed by the new law.

School boards who choose to drop the agenda via pulling controversial and inappropriate books from their school libraries — or those daring to listen to parents’ demands for similar action — will face steep financial penalties for breaking the law.

Assemblyman Corey Jackson (D-CA) AB 1078 pushed the leftist ideology of “inclusive and diverse perspectives” in school curricula and other materials accessible to students, such as library books — and won with a 30-9 vote. But this is no win for the parents of California’s nearly 5.9 million K-12 students.

Jackson’s bill failed to mention any reasons why LGBT propaganda has been removed from schools across the country. Instead — and as conservatives have come to expect — the bill strongly identified with the LGBT community as a protected class. The message? It is discriminatory to conceal or restrict these materials based on the content within their pages.

Then we have to ask: If the content of a book cannot be justly considered to determine its relevance or level of appropriateness for our children, what can?

AB 1078 made it clear California needed to ensure schools were producing “an equitable learning environment where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) pupils and Black, Indigenous, and other pupils of color feel welcome.”

The bill language clarified that these goals should be met via, “honest discussions of racism, the history of slavery in our society and in California, and the diversity of gender and sexual orientation that reflects the lived reality of those pupils.”

This bill is far from isolated among the many others Jackson has drafted.

Newsom’s latest move against parents is sure to bolster Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R ) arguments as the subject of parental rights is sure to come up during their debate this November.

Newsom praised the legislation, touting, “With this new law, we’re cementing California’s role as the true freedom state: a place where families — not political fanatics — have the freedom to decide what’s right for them.” Is it true? Is California the “true freedom state?”

Montana passed SB518 this summer, affording parents the right to withdraw their children from any school instruction they disagree with, as well as prohibiting government employees from withholding information — like chosen pronouns and gender issues — from parents.

The Florida legislature has supported DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” bill from the get-go, as well as revisions made to it earlier this year.

Alabama enacted legislation to ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates for K-12 kids at both public and private schools, as well as college students.

In July 2021, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R ) signed a “medical freedom” bill that provided blanket protection from mandates at the hand of the Granite State.

California was the first state in the nation to jump on board with mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for K-12 school children back in 2021, though they have since ended their state of emergency and abandoned that plan for now. So I ask again, is California the “true freedom state?”

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