California: Governor Jerry Brown signs bills requiring sex education and learning about sexual harassment and violence prevention.

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California: Governor Jerry Brown signs bills requiring sex education and learning about sexual harassment and violence prevention.

A bill requiring all California public schools to teach sexual education was signed by Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday, October 2nd, 2015 in Sacramento, California.

The bill, Assembly Bill 329 (A.B. 329), will make sexual education mandatory beginning on Friday, January 1st, 2016, unless parents have them exempted.

The bill authorizes school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education, consisting of age-appropriate instruction, in any of kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive HIV/AIDS prevention education.

This bill would revise and recast these provisions to, among other things, integrate the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and H.I.V. prevention education.

The bill would instead require school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

The bill require educators talk about the range of gender identities.

The bill would rename the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act the California Healthy Youth Act.

** Read the full Assembly Bill 329 (A.B. 329) at the following California Legislature Information website address: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB329

Another bill signed by Governor of California Jerry Brown and will go into effect on Friday, January 1st, 2016 is Senate Bill 695 (S.B. 695).

The bill, Senate Bill 695 (S.B. 695), would require the commission to consider including comprehensive information for grades 9 to 12, inclusive, on sexual harassment and violence.

The bill would require the commission, if the commission includes comprehensive information on sexual harassment and violence in the health framework, to comply with specified conditions.

This bill would require the governing board of a school district that has elected to require its pupils to complete a course in health education for graduation from high school to include instruction in sexual harassment and violence, as specified, and ensure that teachers consult information related to sexual harassment and violence in the health framework when delivering health instruction.

** Read the full Senate Bill 695 (S.B. 695) at the following California Legislature Information website address: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB695

Senate Bill 695 (S.B. 695) is reportedly a follow-up to last year’s Senate Bill 967 (S.B. 967), which is the first-in-the-nation “Yes Means Yes” bill.

Senate Bill 967 (S.B. 967) required universities to adopt consistent survivor-centered sexual assault response policies and protocols that follow best practices and professional standards for prevention, access to resources, and fair adjudication proceedings.

** Read the full Senate Bill 967 (S.B. 967) at the following California Legislature Information website address: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB967

 

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