Pleasanton Unified School District
AB1266 Fact Sheet
AB1266 Fact Sheet
Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, is legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in August of 2013. The law has gone into effect.
The law prohibits public schools from discriminating on the basis of specified characteristics, including gender, gender identity and gender expression. Transgender youth face unique challenges and obstacles in schools that may inhibit a student’s ability to learn. The School Success and Opportunity Act was written to provide these youth with equal access to educational programs.
Summary of AB 1266 – the School Success and Opportunity Act
- Under AB 1266, a student must be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities, including bathroom facilities, consistent with his or her gender identity and irrespective of the gender listed on the student's records.
- AB 1266 makes clear that students have a right to participate in school extracurricular and athletic activities based upon their gender identity, regardless of their biological sex.
- AB 1266 thus extends existing protections and rights for students based upon gender identity, while also implicitly narrowing Education Code section 231’s directive that schools may maintain separate restrooms, and other facilities, and require use of such facilities on the basis of a student's biological sex.
- AB 1266 provides a statutory right for a student to use the relevant facilities based solely upon gender identity.
Several districts in the state have implemented these practices before the passage of AB 1266, some for many years, and report no problems or incidents as a result. The district expects that will be the case here as well. For any additional questions or concerns regarding the School Success and Opportunity Act, please contact student services at 925-426-4290.