July 14, 2011
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Statement on Senate Bill 48
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released the following statement on Senate Bill 48 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco) that updates the California Education Code prohibiting discriminatory instruction and materials against certain categories of people from being adopted by the State Board of Education:
"I applaud Governor Brown's decision to sign SB 48 into law, and I congratulate Senator Leno for authoring this important legislation. Our history is more complete when we recognize the contributions of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As the result of ongoing budget reductions, the state process for the development and review of K-8 instructional materials is currently dormant, but the California Department of Education looks forward to curriculum that reflects the diversity of our state."For more information on SB 48, please visit the Official California Legislative Information Web site at Senate Bill 48 [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB48&search_keywords=] .
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100