California Gov. Newsom threatens to 'expose' textbook publishers 'colluding' with Florida

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) threatened to "expose" unnamed publishers Saturday, demanding they reveal any changes made to textbooks designed for use in Florida schools.

"The extremists in Florida and textbook companies that are colluding with them are about to be exposed," Newsom tweeted.

Newsom added language suggesting Florida textbooks may "rewrite history in a back room." Further, he suggested basic facts about segregation, the Holocaust, and the story of Rosa Parks are being erased.

Newsom appended a letter to his tweet, dated May 20. The letter was generically addressed to "Publisher" and gave a June 1 deadline for compliance.

In his letter, Newsom insists Californians "deserve to know whether any of the companies designing textbooks for our state's classrooms are the same ones kowtowing to Florida's extremist agenda."

Newson stopped short of naming specific consequences for non-compliance with his demand, saying only that California would "not be complicit" It is unclear whether he plans to take action to punish publishers in some way if he discovers they designed textbooks for Florida in a manner Newsom finds unpalatable.

Newsom did not explain how publishers are engaging in "design" when crafting textbooks that meet the Golden State's requirements, but are "kowtowing" when crafting textbooks to meet the Sunshine State's requirements.

Gavin's letter demands an unnamed publisher reveal details about doing business in Florida, including "providing excerpts reflecting any changes that your company agreed to make in response to Florida's demands."

In addition to pressuring the publisher, Newsom's letter says he demanded that Florida officials reveal similar information. He said his office submitted a request to Gov. DeSantis' office and Florida's Department of Education for "all communications between their offices and textbook publishers reflecting revisions that publishers proposed in order to get their textbooks approved for use in Florida."... (Read more)

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