California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill aimed at preventing book bans.
Assembly Bill 1078 prohibits school boards in the state from banning books, instructional materials, or curricula labeled as inclusive or diverse. This legislation is a response to recent actions by California school district boards that voted to ban books promoting racial diversity or LGBTQ figures.
Newsom expressed concern over the nationwide trend of book bans and censorship and emphasized the importance of pushing back against these actions.
Proponents of the bill say the law fights back against unnecessary book bans and helps keep the curriculum inclusive. Opponents say the bill undermines the elected leadership of a community and pushes indoctrination of students.