June 4, 2015 — The California Assembly on Tuesday voted 47-24 to advance a bill (AB 329) that would revise the state's curriculum requirements for sexuality education, the AP/Washington Times reports.
The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.
The measure, sponsored by Assembly member Shirley Weber (D), would require that schools combine the mandated HIV/AIDS prevention education provided for students in grades seven through 12 with their voluntary sexuality education programs.
Specifically, the bill would require that schools provide additional information to students about same-sex relationships and sexually transmitted infections during the mandatory HIV/AIDS prevention classes. Weber has noted that California's sexuality education courses are out of date and frequently make LGBT students feel excluded.
According to the AP/Times, students' parents would be able to opt their children out of the classes. However, districts would not be allowed to implement measures that require students to opt into such classes (AP/Washington Times, 6/2).