California "Children Learning Accurate Social Science" Initiative (2012)

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A California "Children Learning Accurate Social Science" Initiative (#11-0093) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have repealed Senate Bill 48, a legislative bill approved by the California State Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011. SB 48 is known by its supporters as "The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act". It was written by Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.[1] SB 48 requires that public school instructional materials "recognize societal contributions of various groups" and "prohibit[s] school instructional materials that reflect adversely on persons based on their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics."[2]

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Education. Repeals Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction.
Narrows Requirement that Students Study Role and Contributions of Various Groups. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Repeals requirement that schools prohibit instructional materials that discriminate against persons based on their gender, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, or other characteristics. Repeals requirements that school instructional materials recognize societal contributions of various groups to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States. Prohibits exclusion of a historical figure from instructional materials solely on the basis that the historical figure is a member in, or possesses a characteristic associated with, a specified protected group."

Fiscal impact estimate:

"This measure would not impose additional costs on school districts."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements
  • Jack Hibbs, Rochelle L. Lara, John M. Song, Galina Bondar and Thomas Mui submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on December 6, 2011, and an amended request on December 21, 2011.
  • The ballot title and ballot summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on February 17, 2012.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #11-0093 was July 16, 2012.
  • No signatures were filed by the filing deadline.

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