What do you do when you’re a powerful State Assemblyman, your party holds a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature, and your state has ranked near the bottom in education for well over a decade?
If your answer has anything to do with introducing legislation that could lower class sizes, or give low-income students access to school choice, or give local school boards more flexibility to innovate, you would not be on the same page as California Assemblyman Marc Levine.
Levine (D-San Rafael) is far more concerned that all of the kiddos are
indoctrinated taught that the Russians hacked the 2016 Presidential election, and wants his state to immediately require that it be taught in California schools:
“The work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA confirmed Russian interference in our election,” he said. “This is a threat to our democracy and must be treated with appropriate significance in American history.”
Levine said if California requires state curriculum to include the information, other states would likely follow suit.
“California is the largest textbook market in the nation,” he said. “Textbooks approved in our state are used throughout the country.”
Dude. The body’s not even cold on this election yet. And your analysis is a major oversimplification of what allegedly occurred according to the report, which, as The Hill notes today, “contained exactly zero declassified intelligence to back up the claim.”
But if you really want to have some current, significant events included, Assemblyman Levine, there are plenty of other events we can make sure are treated with appropriate significance.
Like how the national debt grew by 86 percent under Barack Obama.
Or how his administration killed more people in drone strikes than his predecessor’s.
Or, if you want to stick with the theme of foreign influence in our government, we can add the bit about a former Iranian diplomat having dozens of White House meetings during the time the Iran deal was being crafted.
Nah, we know you only want your conspiracy theories pushed to innocent schoolchildren as fact.
“Through this legislation,” he said, “we can make sure students in California and across the United States receive accurate information about the 2016 Presidential election.”
Transmission received, Comrade Levine. Now get back to pushing for legislation creating workplace health standards for models.