The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention
Act of 2000 prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis
of sexual orientation or gender identity in California public schools.
The law, authored as AB 537 by then-Assemblymember Sheila Kuehl
and signed into law by Governor Gray Davis, amended the state Education
Code by adding actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender
identity to existing sections on discrimination.
Check out the law for yourself:
text of the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act
of the section of the California Penal Code referred to in the law.
Questions? Check out these two legal Q&A
Legal Question and Answer
Guide for School Administrators
Question and Answer Guide
to California's Parental Opt-Out Laws
Implementing the law: What the California
Department of Education Says
Read the California
Department of Education AB 537 Task Force Report, with recommendations
for implementing the Student Safety Act
School District Liability Concerns
Center for Lesbian Rights publication Fifteen
Expensive Reasons Why Safe Schools Legislation is in Your State's
Best Interest lists pending lawsuits and settlements in
cases of harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation
or gender identity.