Essential Access Health advocates for comprehensive and medically-accurate sex education in California public schools to empower youth with the information they need to make safe sexual and reproductive health decisions and engage in healthy relationships.
Since 1992, California has required all public schools to teach HIV/AIDS prevention education. In 2003, SB 71 (Kuehl) was passed to update the Education code relating to sex education. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 329 (Weber), the California Healthy Youth Act, into law in 2015. The measure made comprehensive sex education mandatory in all California public schools, and updated the curriculum.
- AB 329 (Weber) - California Healthy Youth Act
This legislation updated a decades old curriculum on STD and HIV prevention, and for the first time made comprehensive sexual health education mandatory in California’s public schools. The new language also called for sex education curricula to be updated to include adolescent relationship abuse and sex trafficking, LGBTQ issues, and consent in the curriculum.
- American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Clovis Unified School District
The case challenging the Clovis School District's abstinence-only sexual education curriculum set a precedent for California school districts to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and bias free sex education. The district is now improving their sex education standards to be in compliance with California Law.
- AB 629 (Brownley) - Sexual Health Education Accountability Act
Required that all California public schools providing sexual health education update their curriculum to provide information about the effectiveness and safety of FDA-approved contraception and STD prevention methods, not reflect or promote bias based on individual differences, and to and not teach or promote religious doctrine.
- SB 71 (Kuehl) - Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act
Required that all sexual health education conducted in California public schools be comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate, and objective. It also required that materials include information on all FDA-approved methods for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
- California Education Code 51937-51939
Created the Family Life Education section of the Education Code requiring public schoools to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education. Sex education was not required but if provided needed to satisfy certain requirements.