Assemblymember Levine Calls on Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum to Include Contributions of Jewish Americans

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today released the following statement in response to a dangerously flawed ethnic studies model curriculum proposed by the California Instructional Quality Commission. 

“The proposed ethnic studies model curriculum is dangerously flawed and should be trashed,” said Assemblymember Levine. “Jewish Americans have been an essential part of California’s history since before statehood. I cannot support a curriculum that erases the American Jewish experience, fails to discuss anti-semitism, reinforces negative stereotypes about Jews, singles out Israel for criticism and institutionalizes the teaching of anti-semitic stereotypes in our public schools. I call upon the State Board of Education to reject this proposed curriculum and develop a proposal that incorporates the contributions of all Californians, including Jewish Americans.”

“We must also make sure that prejudiced individuals are not involved in the future development of any model curriculum,” continued Levine. “California’s students are best served when school curriculum respects and reflects the contributions of all people.”

Earlier today, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus held a media availability to discuss the California Instructional Quality Commission’s proposed ethnic studies model curriculum. Superintendent Thurmond committed to make changes to the proposal by including a discussion about the American Jewish experience and anti-semitism.

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Levine is the former Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.