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The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act

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:

Full text of the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.
     Text of the section of the California Penal Code referred to in the law.


Questions? Check out these two legal Q&A guides:

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

The National 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.


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