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AB-2240 Educational equity: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning pupil resources.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/13/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2240


Introduced by Assembly Member Gloria

February 13, 2020


An act to amend Section 218 of the Education Code, relating to educational equity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2240, as introduced, Gloria. Educational equity: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning pupil resources.
Existing law establishes the system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state and provides for the establishment of local educational agencies to operate these schools and provide instruction to pupils. Existing law states the policy of the State of California to afford all persons in public schools, regardless of their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other specified characteristic, equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state. Existing law requires, no later than July 1, 2021, the State Department of Education to develop resources or, as appropriate, update existing resources for in-service training on schoolsite and community resources for the support of LGBTQ pupils, and strategies to increase support for LGBTQ pupils, as specified. Existing law encourages schools operated by a school district or county office of education and charter schools to use those resources to provide training at least once every 2 years to teachers and other certificated employees of those schools that serve pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the latter provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 218 of the Education Code is amended to read:

218.
 (a) (1) No later than July 1, 2021, the department shall develop resources or, as appropriate, update existing resources for in-service training on schoolsite and community resources for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) pupils, and strategies to increase support for LGBTQ pupils and thereby improve overall school climate. The resources shall be designed for use in schools operated by a school district or county office of education and charter schools serving pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive.
(2) Schools A school described in paragraph (1) are (1) is encouraged to use the resources developed by the department pursuant to paragraph (1) to provide training at least once every two years to teachers and other certificated employees at those schools that of the school who serve pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive.
(b) The department shall periodically update the schoolsite and community resources for the support of LGBTQ pupils to reflect changes in law.
(c) (1) As used in this section, schoolsite resources for the support of LGBTQ pupils include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Peer support or affinity clubs and organizations.
(B) Safe spaces for LGBTQ pupils.
(C) Antibullying and harassment policies and related complaint procedures.
(D) Counseling services.
(E) School staff who have received antibias or other training aimed at supporting LGBTQ youth.
(F) Health and other curriculum materials that are inclusive of, and relevant to, LGBTQ youth.
(G) Suicide prevention policies and related procedures.
(H) Policies relating to use of school facilities, including, but not limited to, bathrooms and locker rooms.
(I) Policies and procedures to protect the privacy of LGBTQ pupils.
(2) As used in this section, community resources for the support of LGBTQ pupils include, but are not limited to, both of the following:
(A) Local community-based organizations that provide support to LGBTQ youth.
(B) Local physical and mental health providers with experience in treating and supporting LGBTQ youth.