Sunday, September 10, 2006

CA School Bill non-discrimination bill vetoed

On Sept. 7 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 1437, the Bias-Free Curriculum Act, authored by Senator Shelia Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA). A simple nondiscrimination measure, SB 1437 would have extended existing laws prohibiting discrimination on the bases of race, sex, disability, nationality, and religion in textbooks, instructional materials, and school sponsored activities, to include sexual orientation and gender identity (as categories of people for whom discrimination would not be allowed).

On May 24, 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger had announced that he would veto an earlier version of this bill. The earlier bill would have required inclusion of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in history and social science curriculum.

For details, go to Equality California.

Presentation of homosexuality as a topic for social studies or even biology class materials has always been controversial. Groups opposing such presentation potentially have a large effect on textbook publishers.

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