California Department of Education
Frequently Asked Questions: Senate Bill 48
California’s Diversity: Past and Present – Lessons for the FAIR Education Act of 2011
This resource developed by Constitutional Rights Foundation provides a number of lessons that can be used to comply with the FAIR Education Act. Lessons are aligned to the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
Teaching LGBTQ History
Instructional Resources for California Educators, Students, & Families
This website is dedicated to “Teaching LGBTQ History” which primarily focuses on providing resources and materials that fulfill the requirements put forth by the FAIR Education Act with regards to LGBTQ history
Finding Common Ground in Public Schools on the Difficult Issue of Student Sexual Orientation Policy
This publication of the California Three Rs Project (Rights, Responsibilities, and Respect) describes the need for schools to build processes for creating policies on the principles of the First Amendment for implementing the FAIR Education Act and similar policies intended to respect the rights of people to have differing views based on religious and other understandings. The publication also describes the responsibility imperative to protect the physical and psychological safety of young people in their critical formative years. The California Three Rs is a project of Constitutional Rights Foundation with support from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Committee and the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum.
Public Schools and Sexual Orientation
A few years ago, the First Amendment Center brought together representatives from the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), BridgeBuilders, the Christian Educators Association International, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to develop a consensus document on a process to resolve conflicts related to sexual orientation and public schools. The document this group developed, entitled Public Schools and Sexual Orientation: A First Amendment Framework for Finding Common Ground, is available in pdf format at the First Amendment Center website.
Public Schools and Sexual Orientation (PDF)
ONE Archives Foundation
The ONE Archives Foundation, in partnership with ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, is the country’s leading expert on LGBTQ history and has been involved on many levels with the implementation of California’s Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), which was signed into law in the state of California on July 5, 2011.
GLSEN has created this resource, recommended by the First Amendment Center, to incorporate LGBT history, themes, and people into the curriculum.
Lesson Plans on Bullying, Bias, and Diversity
This resource page, recommended by the First Amendment Center and created by GLSEN, offers lesson plans to help students develop the skills to interact in a diverse world.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Definitions of LGBTQ+ Words for Elementary Students
Human Rights Campaign Foundation: Defining LGBTQ+ Words for Elementary School Students
LGBTQ-Inclusivity Requirements and How They Interact with Parental Opt-Out by ACLU
Question & Answer Guide On California’s Parental Opt-Out Statutes: Parents’ and Schools’ Legal Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Public School Curricula
Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D.
Consultant III, History-Social Science
Los Angeles County Office of Education
May 16, 2022