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California Board of Education rejects proposed ethnic studies curriculum that angered Jews

The California state capitol in Sacramento. (Wikimedia Commons)

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CA Lawmakers question ‘anti-Jewish’ curriculum for California schools

California Jewish lawmakers are calling for revisions to a proposed state ethnic studies curriculum that they said promotes antisemitic stereotypes and unfairly criticizes Israel, according to a letterthey sent to the Department of Education last month.

The letter was sent by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to Soomin Chao, chair of the commission that oversees the implementation of the state’s first high school Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.

The lawmakers said the proposed curriculum “erases the American Jewish experience, fails to discuss antisemitism, reinforces negative stereotypes about Jews, singles out Israel…

Connecticut legislature passes law requiring Holocaust education in state high schools

Legislation that would require Holocaust and genocide education in Connecticut high schools starting with the coming school year unanimously passed the state legislature.

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday voted 147-0 in favor of the bill. It had unanimously passed the Senate on April 24.

The bill will now go to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.

The legislation requires local and regional school boards to include the Holocaust and other genocides in their social studies curriculum beginning with the…

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving company reportedly over disputes with parent firm Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum will leave the company over conflicts with Facebook, which bought the messaging service four years ago.

Koum, a Jewish billionaire originally from Ukraine, reportedly also will leave Facebook’s board of directors, according to The Washington Post, which cited people familiar with internal discussions. His date of departure has not been set.

Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 million in 2014.

It is believed that Koum is leaving due to disagreement with Facebook over the privacy of user data and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, though Facebook has not confirmed this.

Koum, 42, who is worth more than $9…