A recently expanded law says California schools must teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in history. Yet local school officials say it will take some time to fulfill the requirement, mostly because they can't afford new textbooks or supplemental material.
They also have not yet received any guidelines from the state about exactly what to teach.
Critics claim the law promotes homosexuality, but Bill Dabbs, an assistant superintendent in the Oxnard Union High School District, sees it as a matter of equity.
Gay history to be taught in California schools, but with no textbooks, how will the law be implemented?
Historic legislation was signed into law in California, July 14. Senate Bill 48 makes the teaching of LGBT history law in the state's public schools. The law goes into effect January 1 and legislators are getting ready to comply, but because of budget cuts, the state won't approve new textbooks until 2015. And given a lengthy review process, those textbooks may not make it classroom shelves until 2019. So how will school districts comply?
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SACRAMENTO — History lessons for California students are about to get more inclusive.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 48 into law July 14, changing the language in the Education Code to include teaching about the contributions of Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Americans, and people with disabilities.
Prior to the bill, those groups were not mentioned in the code’s list of culturally and racially diverse groups students should be taught about.
Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a controversial bill to add the topic to the social sciences curriculum.
Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California's budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015.
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Governor Signs Landmark LGBT Education Bill
Legislation sponsored by Equality California and Gay-Straight Alliance Network aims to end LGBT history exclusion in education and to promote school safety
LOS ANGELES — California will become the first state to require public schools to teach gay and lesbian history.
As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday that mandates that the contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and the country be included in social science instruction and in textbooks. School districts will have until next January to begin implementing the new law, which was also promoted in part as a way to combat bullying of gay and lesbian students.
California today became the first state to require that school districts include in their social studies lessons the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
“History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books,” said a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who signed the bill after supporters and opponents endured more than a week of suspense.
A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation.
State Assembly Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill