In a first of its kind law, California has become the first state to require public schools to respect students' gender identity and ensure they are allowed to fully participate in school activities, sports teams and after-school programs. The School Success and Opportunity Act is a victory not just for transgender students, but for all advocates and organizers fighting for positive and supportive school environments for all students.
CA Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on August 12. From the GSA Network:
"The new law builds on a national movement to end discriminatory practices and ensure transgender youth have the same opportunity to succeed as other students. Massachusetts and Colorado have statewide policies in line with AB 1266, and the Colorado and Maine state human rights commissions have held that state law requires schools to respect students’ gender identity. Additionally, many school districts across the country have adopted policies that ensure no student is left out, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district.
California law already prohibits discrimination in education, but transgender students have been often discriminated against and unfairly excluded from physical education, athletic teams, and other school activities, and facilities. This exclusion negatively impacts students’ ability to succeed in school and graduate with their class. For example, physical education credits are required to graduate, but transgender students often do not have the support they need to fully participate in the courses."
Read more about the new bill here!