August 26, 2011

$$problems holds back the law for pro-'gay' curriculum program

According to one activist, a California law that requires public schools to teach on the contributions of lesbian, "gay," bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals will encounter financial hurdles.

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Act, or SB 48, into law, requiring that textbooks and classroom material be re-written to contain pro-LGBT information. But as one group is dedicating itself to repeal the law, state school officials say the cost of new textbooks and material may delay its implementation.

Schools statewide have been plagued with budget cuts and layoffs and simply cannot afford to purchase new material. Meanwhile, school officials have not been told what they are to teach, and many school districts are waiting for guidelines from the state.

Gary Cass"The fact that school districts can't afford to buy textbooks right now doesn't mitigate against the fact that it's going to come into the curriculum because it's mandated by law," laments Dr. Gary Cass of "So, it's not a matter of if, unless we can successfully prosecute this campaign against SB 48 to repeal it."

Under the law, when the new instructional materials are adopted, schools must include the contributions of LGBT individuals. But California has delayed that until 2015 due to budget cuts.

"Every district obviously has to manage its budget according to what they have, and some school districts are just not in a place where they're going to be buying new textbooks," Dr. Cass explains. "It's a phenomenal expense."

The Contra Costa Times reports that many school districts are choosing not to implement the law just yet and plan to keep their current textbooks and curriculum.

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