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The CA Department of Education’s “Superintendent of Equity,” one Daniel Lee, has resigned his $180k/year position. This comes a day after I sent a letter pointing out his hiring was illegal.

Lee doesn’t even live on the West Coast. He lives and works in Philadelphia as a life coach. (I’m not kidding: see his promo video.) So how did he land this no-show paycheck courtesy of California taxpayers?

Perhaps it has something to do with being in the wedding party of the politician who hired him, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Thurmond, incidentally, was installed in office the same way as Gavin Newsom – $13 million in spending by teachers unions. 

What does a Superintendent of Equity do, anyway? The position is new and was apparently created by Thurmond just for his groomsman. A good rule of thumb in California politics is when you hear the word “equity,” something fishy is afoot. 

Last year, Newsom introduced a COVID “equity metric.” What it did was lock counties down based on bizarre factors like voter turnout and tree canopy coverage. 

Also in the name of “equity,” Newsom signed a bill making CRT a graduation requirement. As I said in my speech against it, the bill is a smokescreen for corrupt policies that have produced the greatest educational inequity in the country. 

Now, in the name of equity, California’s largest school districts are getting rid of D and F grades; the CA Board of Education is set to abolish advanced math in high school; and our state universities are eliminating the SAT or any admissions test.

Our politicians think they can get away with absolutely anything. With Daniel Lee’s resignation, we’ve proven at least one of the wrong. This coming year, we can prove all of them wrong in a major way.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol and Washington D.C. Sign up for updates to be part of our growing movement, and join other Californians of patriotism, decency, and common sense who want nothing more than to save our state and our country.