Among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.” The toolkit outlines the views and “approved discussion guidelines” for teachers, healthcare providers, counselors AND parents. Of course, they only allow ONE perspective.
In a 3/29/18 memo to the Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Department of Education general counsel Ronald Wenkart says that the law’s opt-out provision “does not apply to instruction, materials, or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, relationships, or family and does not discuss human reproductive organs.”
(Nice of them to give parents permission to disagree, wasn't it?)
He claims that “Parents do not have a constitutional right to excuse their children from portions of the school curriculum that they find objectionable.”
Kira Davis, a resident of Orange County, California, recommends “Parents who pull their children out should ensure the school does not record it as an EXCUSED absence.
“The reason your public school demands you call to excuse your child’s absence is because they lose state and federal dollars on every unexcused absence. If you really want to make an impact, hit them where it hurts.”