Assemblyman Fletcher’s ‘yes’ vote on SB 48

After hearing about Nathan Fletcher’s “yes” vote on SB 48 (Fair Education act) I called his office and asked for a statement

San Diego Patriots,

I spoke on the phone with you earlier regarding Assemblyman Fletcher’s ‘yes’ vote on SB 48. I directed you to the bill text, but after further reading it realized there is quite a bit of political jargon. Here is what the bill does:

Existing law requires that when adopting instructional materials

for use in the schools, governing boards of school districts shall

include materials that accurately portray the role and contributions

 

of culturally and racially diverse groups including Native Americans,

African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, European

Americans, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups to the

total development of California and the United States.

This bill would revise the list of culturally and racially diverse

groups to also include Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual,

and transgender Americans, and persons with disabilities.

Existing law provides that there shall be no discrimination on the

basis of specified characteristics in any operation of alternative

schools or charter schools.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that

alternative and charter schools take notice of the provisions of this

bill in light of provisions of existing law that prohibit

discrimination in any aspect of their operation.

This bill also would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes.

The spin that seems to be out there is that the bill will mandate instruction of the ‘lifestyle’ of these groups of people, which is not the case. There are no mandated changes to any curriculum taught to students. The bill will ensure that the people listed above are accurately portrayed in the books bought by California’s schools. The example I spoke with you about is that of Harvey Milk. The history books now say that he was shot and killed for being a political figure, but will not say he was shot for being a homosexual man. Books will no longer be able to inaccurately portray people in this light, while at the same time not mandating the teaching of a certain ‘lifestyle’.

If you’d like to read the full text, please visit the CA leginfo site I directed to you before.

Sincerely,

Shea Benton

District Representative

Office of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher

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