In 2015, Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D) introduced AB 329, the California Healthy Youth Act. The bill was passed by a vote of 77 - 40 in the legislature, and signed by then Governor Jerry Brown, on November 1, 2015.
AB 329 took effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and requires school districts to provide students with comprehensive sexual education (CSE), and instruction on HIV prevention.
- The law requires students take the course, once in middle school, and once in high school. Each district is allowed to determine if students in grades K-6th will take the course, but it is not a requirement for the lower grades.
- It communicates acceptance of sex outside marriage.
- It equates vaginal sex with anal sex.
- It teaches children how to obtain birth control, the morning after pill (abortion pill), and how to get an abortion - all without parental knowledge or consent.
- Various curricula provide links to sexually provocative websites such as; www.scarleteen.com
The California Department of Education listed the books below as classroom resources.
- S.E.X: The All You Need to Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties
- My Princess Boy
- Who Are You?: The Kids Guide to Gender Identity
- Changing You!: A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality
- The What's Happening to My Body?: Book for Boys
- The What’s Happening to My Body?: Book for Girls
On May 8, 2019, the State Board of Education announced that it took action to adopt the Health Education Framework with the revisions of removing the above listed books. Read the announcement here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/he/cf/
IMPORTANT - Because the books align with the California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329), a teacher can still use them in the classroom, with or without the school district's approval.
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