Today, the California Secretary of State announced that California’s School Success and Opportunity Act, a law that gives transgender students equal footing to participate in school activities and access facilities, has failed to qualify for a referendum pending a full count of all signatures. Pro-repeal groups were 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in the first count, though they may still qualify for a referendum in the full count.
In light of this development, National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said:
“Californians are fair-minded people who’ve already stood behind school policies like this one even before this law went into effect. The School Success and Opportunity Act reaffirms what has happened at the federal level and in school districts nationwide. That’s why we are optimistic that, though the initiative heads to a full count, that the law will ultimately remain in place to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in school.”
“Transgender and gender non-conforming students are part of the fabric that makes California schools great and Californians should be proud of leading in terms of giving every student a fair chance at succeeding in school, playing on sports teams, and participating in school activities.”
California county clerks have until February 24, 2014 (30 working days from today) to verify all signatures.
To learn more, please visit www.supportallstudents.org.