California Gay History Bill SB48

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California Gay History Bill SB48

California Gay History Bill (SB48):

The California state legislature contains the following number of Democrats and Republicans:
1) California State Senate has 25 Democrats (62.5%) and 15 Republicans (37.5%)
2) California State Assembly has 52 Democrats (65%) and 28 Republicans (35%)

Since the state government is composed mostly of Democrat legislators and executives (including the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 2 US Senators, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction). The Democrats control the state agenda, state spending and state legislation. Democrats have a certain agenda (such as teaching gay history in California schools). And since Democrats are in charge, they can pass bills such as California Bill SB48.

In my opinion, I think this bill is unnecessary. That is because I think it is important to appreciate and understand a person, not for the color of their skin, gender or sexual persuasion, but for their merits and achievements.

Martin Luther King, Jr, is a respected man, not because he is black, but because he believed in something and followed through on his convictions.

Sandra Day O’Connor is a great woman, not because she is a woman, but because she was seated as a US Supreme Court Justice.

Pierre Samuel duPont is a great man, not because he is gay, but because he was a significant figure in the success of both the duPont company and General Motors.

There have been great Americans in US History who were black, Native American, female or homosexual. To make teaching gay history mandatory will weaken these individual’s achievements by focusing more on their gender, ethnicity or sexual persuasion than focusing on their accomplishments.

California Bill SB48 is just another example of the willingness of California state legislators to weaken the state’s education system by focusing more of social issues than on academics. I stated before in US History National Public School Curriculum Standards that 29 out of 50 states are failing US history education. California Gay History Bill SB48 is just another example of this.

SB48 California Text:

BILL NUMBER: SB 48	ENROLLED
	BILL TEXT

	PASSED THE SENATE  APRIL 14, 2011
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  JULY 5, 2011
	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 29, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Leno
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Kehoe)
   (Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Ammiano, Atkins, Gordon,
and Lara)
   (Coauthors: Senators Alquist, Hancock, Lowenthal, Pavley, Price,
and Yee)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Allen, Blumenfield, Fong, Galgiani,
Hayashi, Huffman, Bonnie Lowenthal, Mendoza, Portantino, and Yamada)

                        DECEMBER 13, 2010

   An act to amend Sections 51204.5, 51500, 51501, 60040, and 60044
of the Education Code, relating to instruction.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 48, Leno. Pupil instruction: prohibition of discriminatory
content.
   Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include a
study of the role and contributions of both men and women and
specified categories of persons to the development of California and
the United States.
   This bill would update references to certain categories of persons
and additionally would require instruction in social sciences to
include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and
members of other cultural groups, to the development of California
and the United States.
   Existing law prohibits instruction or school sponsored activities
that promote a discriminatory bias because of race, sex, color,
creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry. Existing law prohibits
the State Board of Education and the governing board of any school
district from adopting textbooks or other instructional materials
that contain any matter that reflects adversely upon persons because
of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or
ancestry.
   This bill would revise the list of characteristics included in
these provisions by referring to race or ethnicity, gender, religion,
disability, nationality, and sexual orientation, or other
characteristic listed as specified.
   Existing law prohibits a governing board of a school district from
adopting instructional materials that contain any matter reflecting
adversely upon persons because of their race, color, creed, national
origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, or occupation, or that contain any
sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law.
   This bill would revise the list of characteristics included in
this provision to include race or ethnicity, gender, religion,
disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and occupation, or other
characteristic listed as specified.
   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.
   Existing law provides that there shall be no discrimination on the
basis of specified characteristics in any operation of alternative
schools or charter schools.
   This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that
alternative and charter schools take notice of the provisions of this
bill in light of provisions of existing law that prohibit
discrimination in any aspect of their operation.
   This bill also would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes.



THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 51204.5 of the Education Code is amended to
read:
   51204.5.  Instruction in social sciences shall include the early
history of California and a study of the role and contributions of
both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican
Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans,
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with
disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the
economic, political, and social development of California and the
United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the
role of these groups in contemporary society.
  SEC. 2.  Section 51500 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   51500.  A teacher shall not give instruction and a school district
shall not sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias
on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability,
nationality, sexual orientation, or because of a characteristic
listed in Section 220.
  SEC. 3.  Section 51501 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   51501.  The state board and any governing board shall not adopt
any textbooks or other instructional materials for use in the public
schools that contain any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on
the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability,
nationality, sexual orientation, or because of a characteristic
listed in Section 220.
  SEC. 4.  Section 60040 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   60040.  When adopting instructional materials for use in the
schools, governing boards shall include only instructional materials
which, in their determination, accurately portray the cultural and
racial diversity of our society, including:
   (a) The contributions of both men and women in all types of roles,
including professional, vocational, and executive roles.
   (b) The role and contributions of Native Americans, African
Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders,
European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and
cultural groups to the total development of California and the
United States.
   (c) The role and contributions of the entrepreneur and labor in
the total development of California and the United States.
  SEC. 5.  Section 60044 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   60044.  A governing board shall not adopt any instructional
materials for use in the schools that, in its determination, contain:

   (a) Any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of
race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, sexual
orientation, occupation, or because of a characteristic listed in
Section 220.
   (b) Any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda
contrary to law.
  SEC. 6.  It is the intent of the Legislature that alternative and
charter schools take notice of the provisions of this act in light of
Section 235 of the Education Code, which prohibits discrimination on
the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity,
religion, sexual orientation, or other specified characteristics in
any aspect of the operation of alternative and charter schools.
                         

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