Sacramento, CA-Calling for respect for all students, a referendum was filed today to overturn AB 1266, recently signed into law by Governor Brown. The controversial legislation has come to be called “the co-ed bathroom bill” because of its provision that allows children in grades K-12 to choose whatever bathroom or locker room they feel matches their sexual identity.
California law allows the public to vote out objectionable measures passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, but the proponents of a referendum are required to gather more than 500,000 signatures within 90 days from the signature of the Governor.
Governor Brown signs co-ed bathroom bill for schools, school districts state no changes to be made as of yet
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1266 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. AB 1266 forces schools to allow students to participate in sex-segregated school programs, sports activities, and to be allowed access the bathroom and locker room of the student’s choice consistent with his or her opinion of their gender. The law is the first of its kind in the country.
The bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
“As of now, we haven’t had any discussions or planning [regarding the bill],” said Melanie Norton, Communications & Community Relations Coordinator for Temecula Valley Unified School District.
The school district will await direction from Riverside County Office of Education. They will help school districts with guidelines on how this bill be implemented.
Although the school district has received concerned calls from parents asking if there are going to be any changes, because children returned to school this week, as of right now, there will be no changes.
“Our board is following the issue, in order to address needed changes to our policies, procedures, programs, and outreach efforts that will be forthcoming,” said Mark Dennis, coordinator, community and media relations of Lake Elsinore Unified School District.
“Current law dealt with this sensitive issue on a case by case basis,” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute. “This law takes away students’ privacy rights, puts our children at risk, and limits the authority of local school districts. AB 1266 does not require proof for students who claim to have gender identity issues so the school administrators will have to take the child on his or her word when they want to use the facilities of the opposite sex. The law does not provide safety measures to prevent abuses of this policy – districts’ will have lawsuits coming from both sides because schools have no authority to fully protect the majority of students.
“The homosexual activists are forcing San Francisco values on all California public schools at the expense of the most vulnerable, our children.”
Support and Opposition
6/10/2013 – SENATE EDUCATION (Based on text dated 4/25/2013)
* American Civil Liberties Union
* California Federation of Teachers
* California Teachers Association
* Public Advocates, Inc.
* San Francisco Unified School District
* California State PTA
* Anti-Defamation League
* National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter (NASW-CA)
* Gender Spectrum
* California Catholic Conference
* Capital Resources Family Impact
* Concerned Women for America
* Traditional Values Coalition
* California Federation of Republican Women