FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2006
CONTACT: Dannie Tillman, Director of Communications & Coalitions, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 217-8875 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
SENATE TO VOTE ON LANDMARK TEXTBOOK BILL TO ENHANCE EDUCATION FOR ALL CALIFORNIA STUDENTS
SB 1437, Authored by Senator Shelia Kuehl and Sponsored by Equality California, Passes Senate Education Committee by 8-3 margin
Sacramento, CA – Equality California (EQCA) applauds the Senate Education Committee for advancing a bill to add lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals’ history to California textbooks. The measure now moves to the senate floor.
“Today, the Senate Education Committee demonstrated its commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all Californian students,” said Geoffrey Kors, EQCA Executive Director who also testified in favor of the bill. “It is vital that textbooks and other educational materials that our students study reflect the society in which they live in order to increase their knowledge, tolerance and respect for our diverse world.”
SB 1437, authored by Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), would prohibit biased curriculum and require that the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, like other underrepresented groups, be included in social science curriculum.
"Today's vote marks another important step toward ensuring that students have the benefit of a positive and well-rounded education and one that promotes safety and respect in their schools," said Senator Kuehl.
Senator Kuehl’s exemplary leadership and commitment to education and youth were instrumental in advancing the bill through the senate committee voting process. Senators Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), Jack Scott (D-Pasadena), Joe Simitian (D-Stanford), Nell Soto (D-Pomona), Jackie Speier (D- Hillsborough) and Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) also strongly supported the measure.
Marina Gatto, a 17-year old senior who attends Mercy High School in Burlingame and Andrea Fazel, Program Director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of San Francisco-East Bay (GLSEN) also provided compelling testimony before the committee urging the passing of the legislation.
Founded in 1998, Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Equality California is one of the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organizations in the country. We can be contacted through our website at www.eqca.org.
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