This is in response to AB 9 which was passed into law last fall. This is a summary of what it included:
This bill would require each school district to include in its non-discrimination policy an enumerated list of the bases on which discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are prohibited under existing law—actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity expression, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students feel safer at school when their school policy specifically prohibits discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
AB 9 would require schools to include in their complaint procedures a method for receiving and investigating discrimination and harassment complaints. Schools would be required to act on discrimination and harassment complaints expeditiously so that investigation and resolution may be reached quickly. Further, faculty and staff working on school campuses would be required to intervene when they witness acts of bullying.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction would be instructed to post and periodically update on the Department of Education website a list of statewide resources, including community-based organizations that provide support to youth who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying and to the families of these youth.