California Christmas Songs Sung in Schools Act (2010)

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A Christmas Songs Sung in Schools Act, or the Freedom to Present Christmas Music in Public School Classrooms or Assemblies Act, was not on the November 2010 ballot in California because organizers did not turn in signatures by the petition drive deadline of March 29, 2010.

Mary Susan Hyatt and David Joseph Hyatt filed the ballot language.

The proposal would have changed the state's Education Code to:

  • Say that public schools in California shall "provide opportunities to its pupils for listening to or performing Christmas music at an appropriate time of year."
  • Schools where Christmas music will be played must notify parents at least 21 days before such performances.
  • Parents are given the option to remove their children from situations where Christmas music will be played if they do not want their children to listen to the music, and have the children put into alternative learning environments when they otherwise would have heard Christmas music.

Text of measure

Ballot title

Requires Public Schools to Offer Christmas Music. Initiative Statute.[1]

Official summary

Requires public schools to offer an opportunity for students to listen to or perform Christmas music during the holiday season. Requires schools to notify students’ parents or guardians twenty-one days before the music will be played or performed so that students can opt-out of listening to or performing the music. Provides that a civil lawsuit may be brought to enforce these requirements.[1]

Estimated fiscal impact

Probably minor annual costs to school districts.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

The petition was cleared for circulation with a deadline of March 29, 2010. 433,971 signatures were required to qualify the measure for the ballot. The signature requirements were not met.

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