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Parents, doctors allege sex-ed courses violate state law

Parents and physicians Tuesday sued a Central Valley school district over its high school sex education curriculum, alleging it violated state law by only teaching about abstinence and failing to include instruction about condoms and contraception.

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California district teaches students to ‘get plenty of rest’ to prevent STDs

A coalition of groups have brought a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District in California, claiming their abstinence-only sex education program violates state law.

The lawsuit alleges the textbook used by the district informs high school students that respecting themselves, getting plenty of rest, going out as a group and practicing abstinence can prevent them from catching sexually transmitted diseases. The textbook, however, does not mention that condoms can prevent the spread of STDs.

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The Raw Story

Parents, doctors, gay-straight alliance sue school over abstinence-only policy

A group of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California over an abstinence-only-until-marriage sex ed program.

The lawsuit alleges that the district is violating California law and putting teens’ health at risk by teaching students misinformation and denying them critical instruction about condoms and contraception.

A 2003 state law requires that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, bias-free and appropriate for students of all sexual orientations.

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Wisconsin Gazette

Bullying + Zero Tolerance ≠ Safe Schools

Ray Ferronato is a Gay-Straight Alliance Network youth leader and senior at Antioch High School in Antioch, California. Shaquille Carbon is a recent graduate from Northwestern High School in Northwest Baltimore, and is an active leader in the Baltimore Algebra Project and the Alliance for Educational Justice.

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Huffington Post

EQCA and GSAN Call For Audit Of Compliance With Anti-Bullying Laws

Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have partnered with Assemblymembers Ricardo Lara and Besty Butler to ask that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee authorize an audit of California’s school districts to investigate the level of compliance with laws that protect students against discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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Sigue el acoso contra estudiantes LGBT

SACRAMENTO- "No me siento suficientemente segura, ni bienvenida. Me siento sola y sin recursos para defenderme", confesó Calen Valencia, estudiante de secundaria que ha sido víctima de abuso físico y verbal desde que hizo pública su identificación sexual.

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Calif. lawmakers want to know if anti-bullying laws actually protect gay students

California lawmakers plan to request a state audit on how schools and local education agencies apply anti-bullying and harassment laws in response to recent incidents in which students were targeted for their sexual orientation.

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Audit Will Hold Schools Accountable for Protecting All Students

Audit Requested to Hold Schools Accountable for Protecting All Students   

Legislators and LGBT Organizations Question School Districts' Compliance with Anti-Bullying Laws in California Schools  

UPDATE: Audit request approved in 9-4 bipartisan vote by Joint Legislative Audit Committee.


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Distritos escolares avanzan en enseñanza de LGBT

SACRAMENTO.- Los distritos escolares de California se encuentran en distintas etapas de la implementación de una ley que obliga desde enero de este año a las escuelas públicas de California a enseñar a los estudiantes en las clases de ciencias sociales, la historia y aportaciones de la comunidad gay, lésbica, transexual y bisexual (LGBT).

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