FAIR warning

California’s Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, a.k.a. Senate Bill 48, would, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, require school districts to include some of the history of gays and lesbians, along with other underrepresented people, in school social-studies curriculum.

You know, social studies, where kids learn about the different kinds of people in our society.

But according to Brad Dacus at the conservative legal advocacy group the Pacific Justice Institute: “San Francisco values will be introduced by stealth into classrooms across the country.”

Not so stealthy, really. In fact, I think the San Francisco values people actually had press conferences about the bill.

Dacus went on to complain in a press statement that because of California’s market size, “Many smaller states are pressured into approving California-focused instructional materials, which must now cater to the gay history mandate.”

Right now the state ed code says instructional materials shall “accurately portray the cultural and racial diversity of our society,” and goes on to list some of the kinds of people that have been important in California history, like men, women, Mexicans, Europeans, African-Americans, workers and capitalists, and the like. In other words, folks.

S.B. 48 adds “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” and “persons with disabilities” to that list. I guess the thinking is these folks are also people.

For some reason, I have yet to see one news story or press release about how San Francisco politicians are trying to force kids to learn about the disabled.

Compiled from Snog.

Pay to play

California released information about salaries for state workers this week, leading to some hoo-ha about the amount paid to prison doctors and other high-income public staffers. Seven of the top 10 are in medical care at correctional facilities, including the highest salary listed. Their salaries range from $510,000 to $784,000.

Also, reportedly more than 500 state employees made $240,000 before taxes in 2010.

Curiously, even the top earners in 2010 don’t come close to the big moneymakers from 2009. The top two were Jeff Tedford at $2,338,409.39 and Ben Howland at $2,135,188.22.

Their jobs? Cal’s football coach, making Tedford truly a ‘Golden’ Bear, and UC Los Angeles’ basketball coach, respectively.

And for kids everywhere, these high rollers provide yet another reminder to take P.E. class seriously. There’s real cash to be made from all those wind sprints.

Compiled from Cull-de-Sac.