Overview of California Educational Policies

Overview of California educational policies that protect LGBTQ Students, as well as promote safety and inclusion in public schools:

AB 537 - Student Safety and Violence Protection Act                            
Effective Date: 1/1/2000
California Education Code 200-220 and Title 5, California Code of Regulations 4600-4671

Protects from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

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SB 71 - The California Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Prevention Act
Effective Date: 1/1/2008
California Education Code 51933 and 51934

Stipulates sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention education must be appropriate for students of all backgrounds. Promoting bias or promoting religious doctrines in these classes are prohibited.

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AB 394 - Safe Place to Learn Act
Effective Date:1/1/2008
California Education Code 234, Article 5.5

Mandates the monitoring of schools by the California Department of Education, and accessibility of resources/policies to assist schools in addressing discrimination and harassment.

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SB 48 - Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act
Effective Date: 1/1/2012
Amends California Education Code 51204.5, 51500, 51501, 60040, and 60044

Includes LGBT Americans in the groups to be included in teaching of U.S. History and relevant instructional materials.

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AB 9 - Seth’s Law
Effective Date: 1/1/2012
Amends California Education Code 234, 234.1, 234.2, and 234.3, and adds 234.5

Requires school employees to intervene immediately when witnessing discrimination, harassment, or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected class.

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AB 1266 - School Success and Opportunities Act          
Effective 1/1/2014
Amends California Education Code 221.5

Allows students to participate in sex-segregated programs and use facilities in alignment with their identity.

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AB 329 - The California Healthy Youth Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2016
Amends California Education Code 51930, 51931, 51932, 51933, 51934, 51935, 51936, 51937, 51938, and 51939

Authorizes school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education, consisting of age-appropriate instruction, in any of kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive HIV/AIDS prevention education, as specified.

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