The Southern California school board caved in and approved a curriculum that named a gay rights activist sexually abusing a teenage boy after Governor Newsom threatened to destroy them with a $1.5 million fine.
A few days ago Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom fined the Southern California school district $1.5 million for rejecting textbooks that mentioned Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who sexually assaulted underage boys.
Harvey Milk reported sexually abused teenage boy.
One of Harvey Milk’s teenage rape victims later committed suicide.
Conservative school board members in the Temecula Valley Unified School District rejected a state-approved book that mentioned Harvey Milk.
Newsom earlier this month called conservative councilors “extremists” when he threatened them with hefty fines.
“We will buy books for these students—the same books hundreds of thousands of children already use. If these extremist school board members don’t do their job, we will — and fine them for their incompetence,” Newsom said last week.
The school board in Temecula decided to reject the textbook because it mentioned Harvey Milk.
CA steps in.
We will buy books for these students—the same books hundreds of thousands of children already use.
If these extremist school board members don’t want to commit… pic.twitter.com/r2iirL8b5v
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 13, 2023
Newsom followed through with his threat and fined the Temecula Valley Unified School District $1.5 million.
24 hours later, the school board voted to approve a curriculum that included Harvey Milk.
Council President Joseph Komrosky said he held a special meeting Friday night to approve the curriculum to avoid lawsuits.
“Newsom Government, I act independently and with authority from you. I am a sovereign citizen of the United States of America,” Komrosky said during Friday’s meeting, according to ABC News. “If we don’t provide a curriculum – I want everyone to hear this – we will really be prosecuted.”
ABC News reported:
The Southern California school board has voted to approve a social studies curriculum for elementary school students, settling a dispute with Governor Gavin Newsom over a lesson plan calling for the first openly gay elected public official.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District had previously voted against the curriculum in part because some board members were concerned that curriculum supplementary material mentioned Harvey Milk, a former San Francisco superintendent and gay rights advocate who was murdered in 1978. Some board members also said parents had not been adequately consulted about the curriculum.
Rejecting the curriculum means the district must use textbooks published in 2006. The textbooks do not comply with a 2011 state law requiring schools to teach students about the contributions to the history of gay, bisexual, and transgender America. Newsom, a Democrat who frequently sparred with Republicans in other states over the book ban, threatened to fine the district $1.5 million if he did not approve the curriculum.