Update: CA schools and SB 48 (LGBT history curriculum)
Back in July, the California legislature passed SB 48. It mandates that all public schools must include positive discussions of the sexual orientations of transgender, bisexual, and gay Americans when teaching their contributions to history. This includes rewriting text books and using supplemental discussion materials.
Now, a group of citizens hopes to use California’s referendum process to place an initiative on the ballot, which would allow the people of the state to decide whether this is what they want in their children’s education. The group, StopSB48.com, says that the measure “costs too much and goes too far”. They have until Sept. 30 to collect 750,000 signatures.
While SB 48 (titled The FAIR Education Act) was promoted as a bill to end bullying, supporters of the referendum point out that the actual bill did not mention bullying at all. In addition, existing California law already prohibits bullying and requires schools to curb it.