2018 – School districts across California review recommended texts, per processes guided by California Department Education Code, and decide which will be used for their school district. According to Cal Ed Facts, the state currently has 344 Unified school districts and 528 Elementary school districts serving over six million students.
FAIR Ed Act Implementation Coalition Awarded
2018 – FAIR Education Act Implementation Coalition receives the José Sarria History Maker Award by San Francisco LGBT Pride.
State Commission approves LGBT-Inclusive Textbooks
2017 Late Summer: the state ’s Instructional Quality Commission approves and recommends LGBT-inclusive textbooks to the State Board of Education. Late Fall: State Board of Education approves LGBT-inclusive textbooks.
FAIR Education Act Coalition Rallies for Implementation
Our Family Coalition reconvenes the FAIR Education Act Coalition, adding Implementation to its title and mission, and leads intensive lobbying and support of the CA Dept of Ed through the remainder of the textbook review process.
CA history textbooks found lacking LGBT-Inclusivity
2017 – Spring: New state history textbooks reviewed by state panels, which for the first time are required to include LGBT history. Internal Dept of Ed review panels initially recommend textbooks found later by LGBTQ-inclusive ed advocates as sorely lacking.
California History-Social Science Framework updated
2016 – History-Social Science Framework updated based on recommendations. Includes LGBT History and LGBT Americans specifically in second, fourth, fifth, eighth, eleventh and twelfth-grade history curriculum. State Board of Education adopts revised History-Social Science Framework.
CDE uses Historians to review public comments
2015 – CDE requests funds to hire historians to review public comments. The state legislature allocates money to do so.
FAIR Education Act Coalition comes together
2014 – FAIR Education Act Coalition convened by Our Family Coalition and including representatives of the Committee on LGBT History, Equality California, GSA Network, ACLU of Southern California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Transgender Law Center, and Los Angeles LGBT Center. This group advocates and speaks at state meetings about the inclusion of LGBT history in the history framework and history textbooks.
Over 700 public comments are received by the CDE!
2014 – Over 700 public comments about the draft History-Social Science Framework received by the CDE.
Making the Framework Fair is published
2014 – Making the Framework Fair published by members of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliation of the American Historical Association. Lead authors: Professors Don Romesburg, Leila Rupp, and David Donahue.