Press Release (April 12, 2012)
The YAC CALLs FOR IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FAIR EDUCATION ACT IN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS.
The LA LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition (YAC) celebrates the passage of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48). The FAIR Education Act requires California schools to integrate age-appropriate, factual information about social movements, current events, and the history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons which already include the contributions of men, women, people of color, diverse ethnic communities, and other historically underrepresented groups. The FAIR Education Act was signed into law on July 14, 2011 and went into effect January 1, 2012, but is still not implemented.
The California Department of Education previously recognized the cost of invisibility to our students by when over the last 50 years they have already mandated that schools recognize the positive contributions of other historically marginalized communities, including African Americans, women, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and now, LGBT Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and differently