California Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to purchase and distribute a social studies textbook to students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.
The district had voted against using the book due to its supplemental material referencing Harvey Milk. Newsom has given the board of education until the start of the upcoming school year to reverse its decision, warning that if they fail to do so, the state will provide the textbook directly to students and bill the district for violating state law.
Additionally, Newsom is working with lawmakers to establish fines for districts that do not provide adequate instructional materials to students.
California is in stark contrast to many red states, which have encouraged censorship of certain books or materials. Notably, Florida has passed restrictive laws around books and curriculum, particularly regarding LGBTQ+ and race issues.