Sen. Mike Morrell Authors Legislation to Increase Sex Education Curriculum Transparency

By on April 16, 2019

Sex education in the classroom has always been a controversial topic but Yucaipa’s State Senator Mike Morrell has authored legislation to aid in increasing sex education curriculum transparency for parents/guardians, public school districts and school sites, teachers and, beginning in the 2019–20 school year, charter schools. The legislation, SB 673, will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on April 24.

SB 673, also known as the “Comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education” legislation, seeks to resolve frustration by parents/guardians regarding the absence of clear communication from district officials about what is included in the adopted curricula. Although many, or even most, parents are aware that health classes covering health and sex are taught in middle school and high school, they may not know that school districts can also adopt this controversial curriculum as early as transitional kindergarten.

Sen. Morrell has introduced SB 673, which would amend state law to:

  • Require school districts that adopt elementary-age comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention curriculum to make the materials available on their websites before the date of student instruction.
  • Restore the right of parents of elementary-age students (TK-6th grade) to opt their children in to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education courses with a signed consent form, rather than having to (passively consent to) opt-out.

“Parents have the right to know what lessons are being covered in the classroom,” said Senator Mike Morrell (R-23rd District-Rancho Cucamonga). “We want them to be engaged and involved in the education of their children. This sensitive material needs to be transparent.”

Although Sen. Morrell’s 23rd Senate District is in Southern California the idea for SB 673 was brought to him by a parent in Northern California’s Contra Costa County. To view SB 673 in its entirety, including the most recent changes, go to: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB673.