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California governor signs bills that would penalize schools that refuse to teach LGBT content

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Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2023 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that would reduce funding to schools that restrict LGBT content from their classrooms.

The bill would centralize state authority over school curricula by fining schools that restrict books that cover homosexuality and gender ideology. Some school boards have done so out of concerns that the content is too sexually explicit for young children.

This is just one of 10 bills focused on homosexuality and transgenderism that Newsom signed this week.

The new law, which took effect immediately upon the governor’s signature, grants the state superintendent the authority to reduce a school’s funding if it does not provide “sufficient textbooks or instructional materials” in line with the state’s standards for diversity and inclusion, which includes books available in the school’s library.

Under this law, the state superintendent will also have the authority to purchase textbooks for students within a school district and recoup the costs from the school if it refuses to provide textbooks in line with the state’s diversity and inclusion standards.

The bill was signed amid a feud between the state and the Temecula Valley Unified School District, which rejected a controversial state-approved social studies textbook over its inclusion of pro-homosexual and pro-transgender themes. Newsom criticized the school district when he signed the bill.

“From Temecula to Tallahassee, fringe ideologues across the country are attempting to whitewash history and ban books from schools,” Newsom said in a statement. “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.”

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond also spoke positively of the new law and indicated his intent to use his new authority.

“This law will serve as a model for the nation that California recognizes and understands the moment we are in — and while some want to roll back the clock on progress, we are doubling down on forward motion,” Thurmond said. “Rather than limiting access to education and flat out banning books like other states, we are embracing and expanding opportunities for knowledge and education, because that’s the California way.”

Other LGBT bills signed by Newsom

Newsom signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, which expresses legislative intent to require teachers and other certificated employees of schools to receive training on meeting the needs of “LGBTQ+ pupils.” It also expresses an intent to specify a timeline for cultural competency training.

The governor also signed legislation to require that K-12 public schools provide all-gender restrooms by 2026. Another bill requires that business license applicants affirm that single-user toilets will be labeled as all-gender restrooms.

Another K-12-focused bill instructs the superintendent of public instruction to convene an “advisory task force to identify the statewide needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and plus (LGBTQ+) pupils and to make recommendations to assist in implementing supportive policies and initiatives to address LGBTQ+ pupil education, education, and well-being.”

Newsom signed another education-focused bill focused on higher education. It will require that public institutions of higher education update records to reflect a person’s self-proclaimed gender identity and name. It requires that campus systems be capable of affirming the person’s preferred name and gender.

Another bill signed by Newsom requires that courts keep information confidential when a person younger than 18 files a petition for a change of gender or sex identifier and limits access to the records.

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  1. This is disgraceful, and I would hope that it serves to speed up the exodus of intelligent, concerned parents from California.

    • With the exodus from California as part of the larger picture in the Western Hemisphere. This from a probably-banned history book:

      “Late marriages and small families became the rule, and men satisfied their sexual instincts by homosexuality [not-so-new Newsom!] or by relations with slaves and prostitutes. This aversion to marriage and the deliberate restriction of the family by the practice of infanticide and abortion [Aztecs Pelosi and Biden!] was undoubtedly the main cause of the decline of ancient Greece, as Polybius pointed out in the second century B.C. And the same factors were equally powerful in the society of the Empire. . . .” (Christopher Dawson, “The Patriarchal Family in History,” in The Dynamics of World History, 1962).

    • It probably will speed that process up. Even in our poor Southern state which still struggles with illiteracy we’ve seen political refugee families relocating, fleeing from the wokeness in CA.

  2. Governor Nuisance doesn’t like “banning books” or “fringe idealogues” and wants “true freedom” for families? While simultaneously handing power over to the State Superintendent?

    Can you say “cognitive dissonance?”

  3. What an irony that creepy groomer Newsome doesnt recognize that HE is the one who is pushing a “fringe” ideology, and accuses others of that.These parents are not “phobic” about their kids sexual indoctrination.They are not afraid at all. They are DISGUSTED. There is a difference. School districts need to bite the bullet and tell Gruesome to take a hike. Refuse to indoctrinate the kids. If the superintendent buys the books, have a bonfire with them. My Mom, who lives in California ( but is not a DEM), opines that many in the country would vote for this pinhead because he “looks nice and talks well”. Sadly, she is correct. Too many low IQ folks are voting without a single idea of what they get when they pull the lever for libs. You will get electric cars that dont run far, or burst into flames. Water restrictions, gas at $7 a gallon or more, a ban on gas stoves.Once they know they can force the population to do what they want, more draconian rules will follow. Maybe, NO heat in the winters (wear a sweater!!), Churches CLOSED again, with THEIR own good reasons of course for doing so. My Mom, in her 90’s, is already subjected to periodic brown outs or black outs because there is NOT ENOUGH ELECTRIC POWER. Free speech is already hampered here and Canada has crossed the line into a totalitarian state.Where can we run to escape this? I pray each day that Americans in these blue states will finally wake up, before it is too late to salvage what is left of the nation. Let us hope that a band of terrorists did not stroll across the border with all those MILLIONS of illegals the last several years. The open border needs to be SHUT. Immediately.

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