The CLASS Act – The initiative that will Stop SB 48
Why do we need the CLASS (Children Learning Accurate Social Science) Act Initiative?
- The CLASS Act advocates an accurate teaching of history. This initiative ensures that people included in social science curriculum are included for their contributions to society, not their sexual orientation.
- This initiative demands that no one be left out because of their sexual preferences, but that their contribution to history is what we focus on, not their sexual preference.
- The people’s voice was ignored by the legislature. We came very close to the needed signatures for the referendum but in the end still fell short. The CLASS Act initiative is a NEW attempt to Stop SB 48. We need 700,000 VALID signatures to qualify this initiative. We feel confident that with the amazing grassroots team we have built we will succeed!
CLASS Act Initiative
Section 1. Title: This measure shall amend the Education Code and shall be known and may be cited as the Children Learning Accurate Social Science Act.
Section 2. Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California, the United States of America, and world history. Study shall include relevant and accurate historical portrayals of the role and contributions of racial and ethnic groups. Further, no historical figure shall be excluded from inclusion in social science instruction, instructional materials, or textbooks merely because of membership in, or possessing a characteristic associated with, a protected class as defined in section 220 of the Education Code. Inclusion of the study of a person in social science instruction shall be accurate and based solely upon historical significance rather than membership in a protected class.
Section 3. In kindergarten through grade 12, a teacher shall not give instruction, and no textbook or instructional material shall be adopted, calculated to promote acts of discrimination against racial and ethnic groups.
Section 4. Nothing in this Act shall require the expenditure of additional tax dollars for textbooks or instructional materials. This Act supersedes all other statutory provisions relating to this subject, including but not limited to, sections 51204.5, 51500, 51501, and 60040 and 60044 of the Education Code.
Section 5. If any provision of this Act is for any reason found unconstitutional or invalid, the remaining provisions shall not be affected, but shall remain in full force and effect, and to this end, the provisions of this Act are severable.