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September 8, 2023 - SACRAMENTO, CA — Assembly Bill 1078, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson has achieved a significant milestone. The bill, designed to counteract book banning in California schools, successfully passed both the State Assembly and the State Senate.
AB 1078 now extends to cover school libraries, prohibiting any censorship or removal of books, instructional materials, or curriculum resource that state law requires be reflected in instructional materials.
"I am thrilled to see AB 1078 progressing through the legislative process, with these vital amendments enhancing its impact," stated Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson. "We're taking a firm stand against book banning in California's schools, ensuring that our students have access to a broad range of educational materials that accurately represent the rich cultural and racial diversity of our society."
AB 1078 now heads to the Governor's desk for final approval. The bill's passage in both legislative houses demonstrates California's commitment to preserving academic freedom, fostering diverse perspectives, and discouraging the practice of book banning.
In response to AB 1078 passing both houses, Governor Newsom stated, “California is the true freedom state: a place where families — not political fanatics — have the freedom to decide what’s right for them. With the passage of this legislation that bans book bans and ensures all students have textbooks, our state’s Family Agenda is now even stronger. All students deserve the freedom to read and learn about the truth, the world, and themselves.”
Source: Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson
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