Thursday, July 14, 2011

BREAKING NEWS from Sacramento: Governor signs Fair Education Act

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that makes California the first state in the nation to require the inclusion of the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in school history lessons and textbooks.

Governor Brown's office just issued the following statement :
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today that he has signed the following bill:

• SB 48 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – Pupil instruction: prohibition of discriminatory content.
For full text of the bill click here. Here's the "gist:"
Existing law requires that when adopting instructional materials for use in the schools, governing boards of school districts shall include materials that accurately portray the role and contributions of culturally and racially diverse groups including Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups to the total development of California and the United States.

This bill would revise the list of culturally and racially diverse groups to also include Pacific Islanders, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and persons with disabilities.
"Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT Americans,” said Senator Mark Leno, author of the bill. “Denying LGBT people their rightful place in history gives our young people an inaccurate and incomplete view of the world around them.’’ Leno also stressed that it would reduce bullying by educating young people about the accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community.

1 comment:

JCF said...

Yay! (I kept trying to call his office this morning---to urge him to sign---but couldn't get through)

In a time when kids STILL say "That's So Gay", it's about damn time that they learn that (so to speak) that's NOT an insult!