Newsom Unleashes Financial Penalties on School Districts for Rejecting Left-wing Curriculum

 September 26, 2023

In a move that has raised eyebrows and concerns among conservatives, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill that empowers him to fine local school districts that do not adhere to state-mandated curriculum on contentious topics such as race, gender, and sexuality.

The bill, known as AB 1078, has been met with significant opposition, particularly from conservative communities that view it as an infringement on their freedom to decide what their children should learn.

The Bill's Journey

Initially, the bill was struggling in the California state legislature, despite the Democratic supermajorities in both houses. However, Newsom intervened and threw his support behind the legislation, effectively saving it.

The governor specifically targeted one school district in Temecula, California, where a conservative majority had won school board elections and rejected LGBTQ+ materials. While Newsom claims that the law "bans book bans and censorship," critics argue that it does the opposite by enforcing left-wing perspectives and silencing conservative viewpoints.

The Implications

Newsom's new law has far-reaching implications, not just for California but potentially as a precedent for other states. The governor's administration is already suing a school board in Chino Valley, California, for adopting a policy requiring schools to notify parents if children want to change their gender—a policy backed by 84% of Californians. This move is seen as a direct challenge to Republican-run states like Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis has barred the use of Critical Race Theory in schools.

Quote from the Reference Article

"When Democrats are forced to hear some of the material they say should not be 'banned' for children — as Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) recently did by reading it aloud in a Senate hearing — they admit that it is 'very disturbing.'"


Governor Newsom's signing of AB 1078 is a clear indication of the widening ideological divide in America's educational system. While he portrays the law as a step toward inclusivity and freedom, many conservatives see it as a blatant attempt to impose a particular worldview on students, thereby undermining the very essence of education.

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