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Oakland School District Reinstates Curriculum About Convicted Killer of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner

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The Oakland Unified School District is reinstating a controversial curriculum — an optional lesson on convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. (story continues below video)

Within a unit on Martin Luther King, there is an activity on Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

The lesson asks students to consider a comparison between King and Abu-Jamal, as it relates to alleged oppression by the U.S. government.

The section was removed from the school website in April after complaints from Faulkner’s widow and the fraternal order of police.

“I’m really glad that it is being reinstated,” said retired Oakland teacher Craig Gordon.

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