December 6, 2023
Jodi McClay

Academics and oldsters within the Temecula Valley Unified College District are reacting Wednesday after the superintendent was fired over a contentious determination to take away a guide and curriculum materials mentioning homosexual rights from a social research program.

The college board voted in a closed session Tuesday to fireside Superintendent Jodi McClay. Her dismissal comes after the varsity board narrowly voted to take away a textbook that mentions homosexual rights and historical past from a kindergarten by fifth grade social research program.

The supplies for this system comprise the historical past of Harvey Milk, a county supervisor from San Francisco who was the primary homosexual politician to be elected to workplace in California.

“I’m horrified that academics are being focused for the essential work they do to offer college students a protected area to be themselves,” educator Edgar Diaz informed CBS 2.

Temcula Valley Unified board president Joseph Komrosky known as Milk a pedophile in a latest assembly throughout discussions about this system.

Throughout its Could 16 assembly, the varsity board voted to reject a proposed curriculum and textbook for its kindergarten by fifth-grade social research program, with a majority of board members concluding that it contained “morally objectionable materials.” Board members Jennifer Wiersma and Danny Gonzalez joined Komrosky in voting to reject the supplies.

The dialogue partially centered on the inclusion of Milk in supporting supplies for the curriculum.

“Why even point out a pedophile?” Komrosky requested in the course of the assembly in reference to Milk.

The remark earned a Twitter rebuke final week from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“An offensive assertion from an ignorant particular person. This isn’t Texas or Florida. Within the Golden State, our children have the liberty to be taught. Congrats Mr. Komrosky you will have our consideration. Keep tuned,” Newsom wrote.

The “pedophile” remark was an obvious reference to a biography of Milk that implies he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy when Milk was 33.

District staffers famous that the precise textbook for the curriculum makes no point out of Milk, however he’s talked about in supporting supplies that might have been obtainable to college students within the higher grades.

“It’s our purpose as brothers, sisters and relations to protect these kids — to guard them with our very lives,” educator Andrew Enriquez informed CBS 2.

Some mother and father supported to board’s determination to take away the fabric from the social research program.

“When you learn that info and you’re taking it into your self, it’s not such as you eat a nasty meal you may throw it up. It’s in your mind now,” mother or father Tracy Nolasco informed CBS 2.

The board’s vote to reject the curriculum may additionally put the district in some authorized jeopardy with the state. Earlier this month, state Legal professional Normal Rob Bonta and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond despatched a letter to county college superintendents, district superintendents and constitution college directors in California cautioning in opposition to guide bans, whereas additionally outlining instructional civil rights and authorized mandates.

“Within the first half of this college yr alone, 1,477 books had been banned nationally, with academics and librarians threatened with jail time for shelving the incorrect guide,” they wrote. “As state leaders elected to characterize the values of all Californians, we provide our response in a single shared voice: Entry to books — together with books that replicate the varied experiences and views of Californians, and particularly, those who could problem us to grapple with uncomfortable truths — is a profound freedom all of us should defend and domesticate.”

The letter famous that faculties or districts that ban supplies from lecture rooms or libraries could possibly be required to offer extra info to the Legal professional Normal’s Workplace to justify the transfer.

The board’s vote has additionally up to now left the district with out textbooks for Ok-5 social research lessons.