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California Legislature Approves Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Recognize President Obama in High School Textbooks

- AB 1912 - 

The California Legislature has given overwhelming, bi-partisan approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden's bill to encourage California schools to teach the story of President Barack Obama's trailblazing election.

Today's vote in the Assembly on concurrence in language changes was approved unanimously – 73 to 0. Last Thursday the Senate overwhelmingly approved AB 1912. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for signature.

AB 1912 asks the State Board of Education and the Instructional Quality Commission to include the significance of President Barack Obama's election in the state's history and social science standards for grades seven to twelve.

"The election of President Barack Obama is a significant part of history and should not just be a mere footnote within textbooks," said Assemblymember Holden. "This bill would create an opportunity for our children to learn about the historical significance of electing our first African-American President. Children need to understand that for years intimidation and physical violence prevented millions of African Americans from voting and alienated them from the electoral process, making the 2008 election of President Obama even more noteworthy."

Assemblymember Chris Holden asks you to contact the Governor to urge him to sign the bill. You may reach the Governor by sending a letter to: Governor Jerry Brown, or a phone call to: 916-445-2841. Governor Jerry Brown, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814.



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