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Growing Parental Distrust of Public Institutions Leads to Extreme California Education Bill
Assembly Bill 1078 Would Strip Local School Boards of Curriculum Control, Citing Lack of Transparency in California Government
During the last election cycle, there was a notable increase in parental participation in local elections. This can be attributed to a growing distrust of public institutions and unelected officials who enforced COVID-19 restrictions, mandated mask-wearing, and pressured people into getting vaccinated without disclosing potential side effects. Riots with no cash bail and dropped charges of violent insurrectionists also contributed to this distrust. In addition, parents were angry about various issues discussed at school board meetings, such as explicit books in school libraries and teaching white children are born racist. A parent was even arrested for confronting a school board about covering up his daughter's sexual assault.
One would think the Bueracrats would have read the temperature in the room and started listening to their constituents, but you would be wrong; they decided to have the FBI open dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI's Counterterrorism Division. FBI, of course, claimed this wasn't happening, backed up by the disinformation-peddling "fact-checkers."
While transparency in government is generally lacking, California stands out as the worst offender. CALPIRG has consistently given California an F grade for the state's failure to provide accessible public data and for being the only state that doesn't disclose all of its spendings. In contrast, forty-nine other states can provide detailed records of their vendor payments. For years the California state legislatures pass a blank check budget for the governor to spend as he chooses.
So California is the best at being shady, and there is almost no way to hold them accountable. That is why it is terrifying to see Assembly Bill 1078 introduced by Corey Jackson (D-Riverside County); this bill takes away all power for school boards to make any changes or adjustments to their district's curriculum without approval from the state.
So if this extreme top-down bill should pass, parents wanting a book (that say teaches the difference between a good and bad "handie" among other things see below) removed from the school library like what happened at the Hart district this last September will be powerless to do so without permission from our shady Sacramento overlords. Who now pretends that removing books with uncomfortable content from school libraries is equivalent to a fascist book burning or that if kids don't have access to this content, they will literally kill themselves.
If your kiddo is going to die without this pornography, don't fear authoritarian lefty; it is available literally everywhere the LA County public library, Amazon, and some weirdo with a beard dressing as a woman to groom your kids. Your child will still have plenty of options to be abused. It is not a book banning.