More on Education
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), reintroduced the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act to require the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress reviewing textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority (PA). There are concerns that such textbooks include language and imagery that encourage violence and hatred toward other nations and ethnic groups. Such content is particularly concerning given the use of such materials in educational settings for children as young as primary school age.
I have been informed that a series of anti-Semitic flyers have been discovered in the West Valley area of the San Fernando Valley.
The flyers attempt to equate the Jewish Star with the Swastika and are filled with other vulgar, anti-Semitic language.
I know that Valley residents of all faiths condemn this hateful act and those that are responsible for disseminating these flyers around the Valley. Whether in our community, across the nation, or around the world, these types of hateful, anti-Semitic sentiments have no place in modern society.
Washington, D.C. – In a precedent-setting move, the U.S. Department of Education has employed the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This is a milestone in an eight-year effort to protect Jewish college students from anti-Semitism masquerading as legitimate criticism of the Israeli government.
Washington DC - Today the University of California Regents released its Final Report of the Regents Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance.
Congressman Sherman issued the following statement in response:
“I am pleased to see that the final report explicitly condemns anti‐Semitism and anti‐Zionism. This is a significant victory for Jewish students who have faced multiple, unsettling incidents involving anti-Semitic epithets, slurs, obscenities, and even physical violence.
Washington DC - Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 30th Congressional District.
Washington DC - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Los Angeles), former chair of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and senior member of House Foreign Affairs Committee issued the following statement:
There are important differences between the email received by school officials in Los Angeles and those received by school officials in New York City – the New York City email was considerably less credible::
Congressman Brad Sherman speaks to graduates at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies graduation, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)
Congressman Sherman Prioritizing Education
Washington DC - Today, Congressman Sherman (D –CA) helped prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.
Without Congressional action, almost eight million undergraduate students would have seen the interest rates on their need based student loans double from 3.4% to 6.8%. This would have cost the average borrower more than $2,800 in additional interest payments.
Urges LAUSD to Restore Funding
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) again urged the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to restore funding for the adult education program and identify options to preserve the program for thousands of students and teachers in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles. In January, Sherman wrote to the LAUSD Board of Education to express his concerns with the plan to eliminate the program.