Yesterday, board member Steve Zimmer out-gayed the rest of the state’s school districts — even San Francisco Unified; woot woot! — with the state’s first solid plan to implement SB 48.
Under his resolution, all schools within LAUSD must do the following in their classrooms within three months:
- Promote positive images of LGBT individuals.
- Make available age-appropriate LGBT inclusive curriculum for elementary and secondary schools.
- Require that newly adopted social studies materials include positive representations of LGBT and persons with disabilities.
- Include LGBT sensitivity in outreach, education, and training for students, parents, and staff.
- Remind staff of their duty to ensure that all students are safe and affirmed on campus, and to proactively intervene with acts of bias, harassment or bullying that they see, including, but not limited to LGBT-biased language and bullying.
- Implement for all staff a training specifying legal responsibilities, effective practices, and concerns unique to LGBT individuals, similar to the district’s child abuse module.
LAUSD’s human relations coordinator, Judy Chiasson, tells the LA Daily News elementary-schoolers with same-sex parents will now “be allowed to make two Mother’s or Father’s Day cards without questions or concerns being raised by teachers.”