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Broad Coalition Supports Equity for Hindus in CA Textbooks: A broad coalition of more than 75 interfaith and community groups, 17 state and federal elected officials, and 38 leading academics urged the California State Board of Education (SBE) this week to reject textbooks portraying Hinduism, Jainism, and Indian history inaccurately and in a stereotyped manner. The SBE will meet on Thursday, November 9 to make a final decision on whether to adopt, reject, or adopt with changes textbook drafts submitted by various publishers.

The California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (a state appointed commission tasked with reviewing curriculum materials) took important steps at its September 28 meeting by rejecting problematic textbook drafts from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for adversely reflecting upon Hinduism and failing to include adequate materials about the LGBT community, amongst other reasons.

The coalition has asked the SBE to confirm the IQC’s decision, while also making positive changes to other textbook drafts in order to represent Hinduism and Indian history in a more accurate, culturally competent manner, and in a way equitable with the way in which other religions are covered.

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Broad Coalition Supports Equity for Hindus in CA Textbooks: A broad coalition of more than 75 interfaith and community groups, 17 state and federal elected officials, and 38 leading academics urged the California State Board of Education (SBE) this week to reject textbooks portraying Hinduism, Jainism, and Indian history inaccurately and in a stereotyped manner. The SBE will meet on Thursday, November 9 to make a final decision on whether to adopt, reject, or adopt with changes textbook drafts submitted by various publishers.The California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (a state appointed commission tasked with reviewing curriculum materials) took important steps at its September 28 meeting by rejecting problematic textbook drafts from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for adversely reflecting upon Hinduism and failing to include adequate materials about the LGBT community, amongst other reasons.The coalition has asked the SBE to confirm the IQC’s decision, while also making positive changes to other textbook drafts in order to represent Hinduism and Indian history in a more accurate, culturally competent manner, and in a way equitable with the way in which other religions are covered.