In 2016, the State of California passed The California Healthy Youth Act, which requires Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) instruction for 7th grade and above. CSE emphasizes sexual pleasure and provides instruction on sex acts and sex behavior to children as young as 4th or 5th grade, via curriculum that has "not been approved," by the California Department of Education (CDE). All six written curricula that are available have been "recommended" by the CDE, but none of these curricula have been approved through an internal state-review-process, which is customary for curriculum changes. Instead an outside review process was conducted on behalf of the CDE by outside organization(s). This review process was not staffed by key individuals within the CDE and has not included a state-wide review process, that customarily involves teachers, parents, and child clinical psychologists, from throughout the State of California, working along-side these organizations.
The CDE likes to hide behind the excuse that districts have discretion and choice. To complicate matters, various groups are threatening districts with law suits if they do not implement these age inappropriate and medically inaccurate curricula. But what choice do districts actually have when they are relentlessly threatened with law suits by deep-pocketed activist organizations? Since SB 673 does not amendment the California Healthy Youth Act, "as it is written", it is not a silver bullet to fix the important issue of sexualization and indoctrination of our children in public schools. Given the current make-up of our legislature, an amendment would never pass. But since the California Healthy Youth Act is only mandatory for grades 7 and above, SB 673 provides protections for our youngest learners in grades
TK – 6.
This bill will increase transparency of the curricula by providing an ease of parental review via district websites. It also replaces an “opt-out” process with an “opt-in,” to ensure that parents provide active consent with a signature for the instruction to occur. It also closes a language loophole providing clarity that ALL STUDENTS must receive medically accurate and age appropriate instruction. Please tell the Senate Education Committee Members to vote YES on SB673!
This video shows SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity) materials from California Comprehensive Sex Education in grades K - 3.