Newsom Signs Bill To Fine Schools That Ban Sexually Explicit Books

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill on Monday aimed at preventing more than 10,000 schools in the state from banning or censoring books with content related to racial or sexual themes.
  • Under the legislation, known as AB 1078, school boards are prohibited from removing or censoring textbooks or library books, even if they contain divisive content like critical race theory or explicit material. The new law carries provisions for fines to be imposed on schools that fail to adhere to its guidelines.
  • The bill also grants authority to the state superintendent of public instruction, Tony Thurmond, to purchase instructional materials for school districts, recover expenses from these purchases, and assess potential fines on school boards that do not comply with the updated instructional standards established by the state.
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