A California school board has backed down in a battle over being able to choose its own curriculum after it was bullied into submission by Governor Gavin Newsom who threatened to impose a hefty fine if it didn’t teach children about LGBT issues that the state endorsed.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) held an emergency meeting on Friday, two days after the Democrat leader followed through on his threats and announced the $1.5 million fine over material involving the controversial homosexual icon Harvey Milk, a figure who the left has venerated despite the belief of many that he was a pedophile.
At the meeting which lasted until nearly midnight, the board caved to Newsom and voted to allow the disputed book to be included in the curriculum for first through fifth graders, a blow to parents and conservative school board members who opposed the material and were denounced as “extremists” by the governor who has national political aspirations.
After the vote went down, TVUSD Board President Joseph Komrosky acknowledged that the decision to allow the material was the threat of the fine rather than the authoritarian governor’s bullying.
“Gov. Newsom, I act independently and authoritatively from you. I am a sovereign citizen in the United States of America,” Komrosky said during the meeting. “If we do not provide curriculum — I want everybody to hear this — we will literally be sued.”
The decision is a political victory for Newsom who has his eye on the White House if, for some reason, President Joe Biden drops out of the race before next year’s presidential election, and he took to Twitter to crow about his win and to punch down at conservatives on the school board who he again called “extremists” while accusing them of book banning, the Democrats’ latest big lie as they push back against the backlash over laws banning homosexual pornography in school libraries.
“Fortunately, now students will receive the basic materials needed to learn,” Newsom said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“But this vote lays bare the school board majority’s true motives,” Newsom said. “This has never been about parents’ rights. It’s not even about Harvey Milk — who appears nowhere in the textbook the board voted to censor. This is about extremists’ desire to control information and censor the materials used to teach our children.”
“It is history itself that offends them. This debate in Temecula is not about local control. It is about a national ideological crusade that remains hellbent on silencing diverse communities and erasing our history,” Newsom added. “Demagogues who whitewash history, censor books, and perpetuate prejudice never succeed. These board members still have a civil rights investigation to answer for.”
Fortunately, now Temecula’s students will receive the basic materials needed to learn. ⁰ ⁰This vote lays bare the school board majority’s true motives. This has never been about parents’ rights. This is about extremists’ desire to control information. pic.twitter.com/5Gq9AM5ccs
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 22, 2023
Not only is Newsom’s statement Orwellian in the extreme coming from a member of a party that has waged a cultural jihad against American history that includes pushing a bastardized version of reality through Critical Race Theory, engaging in a ruthless campaign to censor and cancel those who it disagrees with, and has condoned the tearing down and defacement of statues and monuments of those who they seek to whitewash from history.
“I don’t believe that what has happened over the past few weeks was necessary,” school board member Allison Barclay said. “I think we could have made this happen so much earlier. We could have been so much more ready for school to start. It’s a little unfortunate it had to go this far.”
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