California Textbook Federal Lawsuit Proceeds to Next Stage

August 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu Press International

CALIFORNIA, August 30, 2007: The California Parents for the Equalization of Educational Materials (CAPEEM) reports on their lawsuit against the California State Board of Education over the adoption of school textbooks which deal with ancient India and Hinduism. They contend the process was unfair and contrary to California and federal law.

Arvind Kumar, Director CAPEEM, writes, "The lawsuit is progressing well through the discovery process. The long and tiring discovery is nearing its end. CAPEEM has found incriminating evidence of active collaboration between various parties to discriminate against Hindu Americans and Americans of Indian origin through sixth grade history and Social Studies textbooks. The lawsuit exposes the workings of California Department of Education, State Board of Education, Michael Witzel, James Heitzman and Stanley Wolpert, and Christian Mission Organizations, Dalit Solidarity Network and Dalit Freedom Forum, masquerading as Dalit organizations. In the next phase, at the end of discovery, CAPEEM will depose the CDE officials, SBE members and their experts. The process is very involved -- and expensive -- in this stage."