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An Open Letter to the California Department of Education

An Open Letter to the California Department of Education October 14, 2020 Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony ThurmondChief Deputy Superintendent Stephanie GregsonInstructional Quality Commission Executive Director Shanine CoatsInstructional Quality Commission Members Re:  Anti-Zionism as a Cover for Hatred of the Jewish People Dear State Superintendent Thurmond, Chief Deputy Superintendent Gregson, IQC Executive Director Coats, and …

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Jewish Groups Praise Newsom for Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Jewish JournalAaron Bandler10/01/2020 Several Jewish groups praised California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, for vetoing a bill on Sept. 30 that eventually would have required the state’s high school students to take a course on ethnic studies. Newsom explained in his signing statement that he was vetoing the bill, AB 331, because “there is much uncertainty about …

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Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) thanks California Governor Gavin Newsom for his Wednesday veto of AB 331

Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) thanks California Governor Gavin Newsom for his Wednesday veto of AB 331, a bill requiring all California high school students to complete an ethnic studies class before graduating high school.  PZC strongly supports the addition of an ethnic studies curriculum in California high schools. However, we have a number of …

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Letter to Governor Newsom: Remaining Concerns with the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Dear Governor Newsom, I write on behalf of Progressive Zionists of California, a grassroots collective of activists and California Democratic Party leaders dedicated to reshaping the discourse around Zionism and antisemitism in California Democratic politics.  Firstly, thank you for your leadership in ensuring that the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) remains free of antisemitic content. …

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Call to Action: Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

In August 2019, California Department of Education released the first draft of an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which was roundly condemned by Jewish organizations. Californians submitted thousands of public comments, and a new draft was put in the works. On August 3, 2020, the CDE released that draft. Numerous changes were made, but there are lingering concerns. …

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PZC troubled by lacking CDE transparency in Ethnic Studies revision process

Progressive Zionists of California is troubled by the lack of transparency from the California Department of Education in its process for ensuring that the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is free of antisemitic content. We fully support the inclusion of Pacific Islander and Arab American experiences in the curriculum, as well as the effort to include …

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