Sexual education will become mandatory for 7th-12th graders attending a public school in California starting next year.
Statewide, California did not have a uniformed system for sexual education. This new law will help even out the numbers of public schools across teaching sexual education. One specific lawsuit from Clovis Unified School District, stands out particularly. This school district was teaching outdated and biased information to their students, which a couple parents decided to take to court in 2012. The new law will combine HIV prevention, which is already mandatory with sexual health education, which was optional into a single, updated curriculum. Parents will still have the option of excusing their child from these sessions.
“I think it is a good idea,” says a second grade teacher from Twin Rivers School District in Sacramento when asked what she thought of the new law. “A lot of parents don’t bother talking to their children about this so I think its is good at least somebody is.”
The new law is set to start on January 1st, 2016.