FAIR Education and AB 1266

FAIR Education Act – 

What is the FAIR Education Act? 

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (SB 48) requires schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events, and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social science instruction.  It also prevents the State Board of Education from adopting instructional materials with a discriminatory bias. 

Is the curriculum state-mandated? 

There is no state-mandated curriculum on these topics; instead, lessons will be developed and approved at the local level.  Local school and district administration will determine how the new content will be covered and at which grade level(s). 

AB 1266 – 

What is AB 1266? 

AB 1266 requires that a student be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity, regardless of the gender listed on the pupil’s records. 

Has the bill been approved? 

Yes, Governor Brown approved the bill on August 12, 2013, and the law took effect on January 1, 2014.  A petition that attempted to overturn the law will not appear on the November ballet; if the referendum had qualified, the law would have been put on hold until after the election. 

For more information, please reference the following resources:

FAIR Education Act Resources from SMCOE -

 Follow San Mateo County Office of Education's board FAIR Education Act on Pinterest.

Fact Sheets –

Model Gender Non-Discrimination Policy

Research Briefs –

Research Reports –

LGBT-Inclusive and Disability-Inclusive Lessons –

Social Content Review Standards –

Welcoming Schools – 

Welcoming Schools offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on:

  • Embracing family diversity
  • Avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender
  • Ending bullying and name-calling