Gavin Newsom Warns California Schools That Ban Books Will Answer to the Attorney General
From The Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a stern message Thursday to school leaders across California — any attempt to ban books from classrooms or libraries may require them to answer to the state attorney general. In a letter to county and district superintendents and charter school administrators, Newsom, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Attorney General Rob Bonta cautioned against instituting any book bans.
Should a school still choose to remove certain instructional materials, the trio warns that it could be asked to explain its decision-making process to Bonta’s office.
“As state leaders elected to represent the values of all Californians, we offer our response in one shared voice: Access to books – including books that reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives of Californians, and especially, those that may challenge us to grapple with uncomfortable truths – is a profound freedom we all must protect and cultivate,” the letter read.
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