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Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson Introduces Bill that will Lead the Way in Fostering Inclusivity in California's Classrooms with Diverse Textbooks

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Sacramento – Assemblymember Dr. Corey A. Jackson Jackson is proud to announce AB 1078, a bill that will revolutionize how students learn and see themselves in the classroom. This bill prohibits the State Board of Education from approving textbooks that do not reflect the diversity of California, ensuring that students have access to materials that accurately represent their experiences and identities. It also prohibits local school districts from banning curriculum, instructional material, or textbooks without State Board of Education approval. 

"We must strive to create a more equitable and inclusive education system for all students," said Assemblymember Dr. Jackson. "This bill will ensure that students in California receive a comprehensive education that celebrates the diversity of our state and promotes a sense of belonging in the classroom."

AB 1078: will require the State Board of Education to consider the representation of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability, in all textbooks used in the state's public schools. The bill also establishes a review process for the selection and approval of books, ensuring that only those materials that meet the standards for diversity and inclusiveness are approved for use in the classroom. Assemblymember Dr. Jackson is confident that it will set a strong precedent for other states to follow and make a meaningful impact on students' lives across California.