Overview of California Educational Policies

This is an overview of California Educational Policies that promotes safety and inclusion in our schools and protect LGBTQ+ students.


AB 537 – Student Safety and Violence Protection Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2000

California Education Code 200-220 and Title V, California Code of Regulations 4600-4671

Protects from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

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SB 71 – The California Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Prevention Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2008

California Education Code 51933 and 51934

Stipulates sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention education must be appropriate for students of all backgrounds.  Promoting bias or promoting religious doctrines in these classes are prohibited.

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AB 2845 – Safe Place to Learn Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2008

California Education Code 234, Article 5.5

Mandates the monitoring of schools by the California Department of Education, and accessibility of resources/policies to assist schools in addressing discrimination and harassment.

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SB 48 – Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2012

Amends California Education Code 51204.5, 51500, 51501, 60040, and 60044

Includes LGBT Americans in the groups to be included in teaching of U.S. History and relevant instructional materials.

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AB 9 – Seth’s Law

Effective Date: 1/1/2012

Amends California Education Code 234, 234.1, 234.2, and 234.3, and adds 234.5

Requires school employees to intervene immediately when witnessing discrimination, harassment, or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected class.

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AB 1266 – School Success and Opportunities Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2014

Amends California Education Code 221.5

Allows students to participate in sex-segregated programs and use facilities in alignment with their identity.

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AB 329 – The California Healthy Youth Act

Effective Date: 1/1/2016

Amends California Education Code 51930, 51931, 51932, 51933, 51934, 51935, 51936, 51937, 51938, and 51939

Authorizes school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education, consisting of age-appropriate instruction, in grades K to 12, inclusive and requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12 receive HIV/AIDS prevention education, as specified.

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Adapted from healthiersf.org, San Francisco Unified School District