Hindu American Foundation Demands Fairness and Transparency in California Textbook Adoption Process

February 14, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation


On February 14, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), through its law firm, issued a letter to the California State Board of Education (SBE) last Thursday, February 9, 2006, demanding a fair and open process in the ongoing textbook adoption process. HAF became involved in the process when it became apparent that the California Department of Education (CDE), SBE and its staff improperly allowed certain individuals to undermine the procedures available for public debate and resolution and failed to adequately address a substantial number of the Hindu edits... Of key concern to HAF was that the remaining proceedings of the subcommittee be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The Bagley-Keene Act requires that certain state agency meetings be conducted openly so that the public may remain informed. It also requires that the public be given a minimum of ten (10) days notice of the time and location of such meetings and that agendas be made available. To date, staff of both the CDE and the SBE have had several private communications and closed-door meetings with advocates opposing the Hindu participants, while denying HAF and the participating Hindu groups notice or access. These actions, HAF asserts, have subverted the public process and deny all notions of fairness."