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AB-1756 Pupil instruction: social sciences: California history.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1756


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Knight
(Principal Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Nielsen)
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Conway, Cook, Donnelly, Grove, Hagman, Halderman, Harkey, Jones, Logue, Morrell, Norby, Olsen, Silva, Valadao, Wagner)

February 17, 2012


An act to add Section 51204.7 to amend Section 51204.5 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1756, as amended, Knight. Pupil instruction. instruction: social sciences: California history.
Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of specified groups of people 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.
This bill would instead authorize instruction in social sciences to include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of specified groups of people 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.

Existing law, commencing January 1, 2012, requires that instruction in social sciences include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States.

This bill would authorize a school district to elect not to provide this instruction.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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 may 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.

SECTION 1.Section 51204.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:
51204.7.

Notwithstanding Section 51204.5, as amended by Chapter 81 of the Statutes of 2011, a school district may elect not to provide instruction relating to the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States.