Parents in California are again holding a sit-out today to protest the state forcing their children to sit through graphic, explicit sex-ed lessons.
Today marks the second time this year parents are keeping their children home from school for a statewide sit-out according the California Family Council.
America Figueroa with the Alliance to Protect Children says parents in more than 40 of California's 58 counties are participating.
"This time,” she says, “we are going to every Assembly district, their office in California."
Mirroring other parents’ complaints, she points out the sex-ed curriculum, part of the state's Healthy Youth Act, was covertly approved in 2016 will little public input, or knowledge, about the controversial content.
OneNewsNow reported in a May story that California parents, outnumbered in a state led by far-left politicians, were nonetheless taking a stand against what one parent called a "radical agenda" pushed by the teachers unions.
The message parents are hearing from politicians and school officials, Figueroa says, is that parents failed to educate their own children about sex, and now it’s up to the State of California to do so.
"We want to make them accountable,” Figueroa says of the liberal politicians. “Election time is coming again and we will kick them out of office if they keep failing to support the children, to support the families, and to work with the parents."
Parents are not the only ones upset: the May story reported that teachers are also upset with the content but are being bullied by the National Education Association to support it.
A bit of good news from the Left Coast
While applauding the actions of the Senate Appropriations Committee in Sacramento, a pro-family group has no explanation why the lawmakers defanged a bill that would have made it mandatory for public school teachers to undergo LGBTQ affirmation training. AB493 now simply "encourages" districts to provide biannual LGBTQ affirmation training for junior high, high school, and charter school teachers.
Greg Burt of the California Family Council admits he's at a loss to explain how the bill got gutted.
"I don't know what happened," he tells OneNewsNow. "… This same bill was presented to our governor, Governor [Jerry] Brown, last year, and he vetoed it. So we were assuming with a more liberal governor here in California that it would go through."
Burt says even though the committee's work made the bill impotent at the state level, individual school districts still present a problem.
"We already know of and have examples of school districts that are forcing Christian teachers into these training sessions – so that's still going to be an issue here in California," he predicts. "But this is just a small, little victory amidst a bigger fight."
The legislature passed the bill, which has now been sent to Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature.
Editor's note: Information on AB493 added after story was originally published.