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FAIR Education Act opponents fail to gather enough signatures in repeal effort

October 13, 2011

Opponents of California’s FAIR Education Act have failed to gather enough signatures to place a repeal measure on the June 2012 ballot. The FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, ensures the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and disabled individuals are accurately portrayed in instructional educational materials in California.

The Task Force has been working to protect the FAIR Education Act as part of a broad coalition that includes Equality California, GSA Network, people of faith, labor organizations, disability rights advocates, racial justice organizations and many others.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey says:

We send our kids to school hoping they get the best education they can. Well, that’s what the FAIR Education Act is all about — ensuring students get a more well-rounded, accurate and inclusive view of the world around them. We are pleased that Californians rejected efforts to prevent young people from learning about the many voices that have contributed to the incredible chorus of history.

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