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Gov. Newsom vetoes ethnic-studies bill requiring anti-Israel curriculum


October 9, 2020

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

(JNS) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would make ethnic-studies courses a high school graduation requirement.

Newsom, a Democrat, cited the ongoing pushback over the curriculum for why he vetoed the measure, AB-331.

"I value the role ethnic studies plays in helping students think critically about our history and understand the experience of marginalized communities in our state," he wrote in his veto message. "This academic discipline will help prepare our young adults to become civically engaged and participate fully in our democracy."

He also wrote that an early version...

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