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State Education Board To Discuss LGBT Curriculum

Sacramento, CA — Today California’s Board of Education will review a proposed plan to introduce LGBT history into state classrooms.

Senate Bill 48 took effect in 2012 and it requires public schools to include information about prominent gay people and LGBT rights milestones in history classes. The plan has been controversial, as  the Associated Press reports that implementation has been delayed due to two attempts by opponents to overturn the new law.

The delay has also been attributed to competing educational priorities and budget cuts that put drafting recommendations for textbook purchases on hold.

The curriculum outline calls for the introduction of discussions about diverse families in second grade and lessons about California’s role in the gay rights movement in fourth grade. Gender role discussions would also occur in grades fifth and eighth.