This edition of Fact Check TV in partnership with NBC7 San Diego examines two claims by San Diego Unified school board member Scott Barnett and San Diego State University professor Esther Rothblum.

Barnett accurately described one impact of the Oakland Unified School District’s transition to state control. Faced with ugly choices and harsh community backlash, the state’s appointed trustee, Randy Ward, got a bodyguard. Ward is now superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education, which oversees San Diego Unified’s finances.

Rothblum correctly cited a national comparison of colleges offering a major for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. San Diego State University is the second in the country to offer the degree.

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