Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t happy that a SoCal school board banned lessons on the late Harvey Milk for kids … and it sounds like he’s going to do something about it.
California’s top governmental dog sounded off Saturday in response to a report about the Temecula Valley School Board recently voting to nix any literature about the former SF politician — who was openly gay, and who served a member of the Board of Supervisors.
Board president, Dr. Joseph Komrosky, was hearing out a fellow member … who wanted to ban a biography of Milk — which was apparently available to 4th graders at a local elementary school as part of their social studies teachings — which touched on his homosexual lifestyle in the supplemental resources section … as a footnote.
The board member who raised this issue says he was made aware of the material, finding the information in it to be highly inappropriate for children — and Komrosky agreed.
In fact, Komrosky shocked many in the audience by calling Milk a “pedophile” … which several people, including some teachers/faculty/board members, pushed back on by strongly denying that characterization. They explained that he was instrumental in achieving gay rights in the U.S. … and that that historical fact shouldn’t be hidden from grade school kids.
Komrosky held his ground … arguing that Milk’s private life — and presumably his public life at large — wasn’t relevant and not worthy of being in their curriculum. In the end, the board voted 3-2 to get rid of the Milk literature … and now, Gov. Newsom is aware of it.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “An offensive statement from an ignorant person. This isn’t Texas or Florida. In the Golden State, our kids have the freedom to learn. Congrats Mr. Komrosky you have our attention. Stay tuned.” Newsom didn’t elaborate further.
Of course, GN’s spoken out against other states trying to limit the scope of education as it pertains to issues like these — especially in Florida, where Gov. DeSantis has set a tone.
As for the whole “pedophile” claim … it’s unclear why Komrosky referred to HM as that. It’s possible he might be referencing Milk’s one-time relationship with Jack McKinley, which is believed to have begun while McKinley was a teen … but that part of history is a little hazy.
In any case, there’s no more Milk lessons there for the elementary schoolers … for now.