Sex ed to be mandatory in California high schools
October 2, 2015
California Gov.Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills Thursday that will require high school students in the state to take sex education courses and to learn that “yes means yes.” [Sac Bee]
Most California school districts currently offer sexual education courses, but participation is voluntary. That will change under Assembly Bill 329.
AB 329 will compel school districts to offer sex ed classes, and participation will be mandatory unless parents explicitly have their children exempted. The law will also require updated instruction relating to HIV, and educators will have to discuss a range of gender identities.
Brown also signed Senate Bill 695, which affects school districts that require students to take health classes. Under SB 695, health classes must include material about sexual harassment and violence, including the “yes means yes” standard of consent.
Last year, Brown signed a bill into law that created new rules for college students in California who engage in sexual activity. The law defined sexual consent as “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”
The law states lack of resistance or silence does not equate consent, and student cannot achieve consent when at least one is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol. The restrictions apply to all universities in California, public or private, that receive state-funded financial aid.
The “yes means yes” standard has since been adopted in several other states.