Amended in Assembly May 6, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 22, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 26, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 949


Introduced by Assembly Member Gonzalez

(Principal coauthor: Senator Lara)

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Calderon, Campos, Dababneh, Dodd, Grove, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Maienschein, Medina, and Weber)

February 26, 2015


An act to add Section 33353.7 to the Education Code, relating to physical education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 949, as amended, Gonzalez. Physical education: competition cheer.

Existing law describes the California Interscholastic Federation, provides the intent of the Legislature regarding its policies, and requires it to report to the Legislature and the Governor on its evaluation and accountability activities on or before January 1, 2016.begin insert Existing federal law, Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits sex discrimination in an educational institution’s programs and activities. end insert

This bill would require the California Interscholastic Federation, in consultation with the State Department of Education, to, no later than July 1, 2017, develop guidelines, procedures, and safety standards for the purpose of classifying competition cheer as an interscholastic sport, as specified.begin insert The bill would require the California Interscholastic Federation to seek a United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX compliance designation for competition cheer, and would specify that competition cheer shall not be counted toward a school’s Title IX compliance unless the United States Department of Educationend insertbegin insert’s Office for Civil Rights deems competition cheer compliant with its definition of a sport.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 33353.7 is added to the Education Code,
2to read:

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33353.7.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert No later than July 1, 2017, the California
4Interscholastic Federation, in consultation with the department,
5shall develop guidelines, procedures, and safety standards for the
6purpose of classifying competition cheer as an interscholastic sport
7that is consistent with the United States Department of Education’s
8Office for Civil Rights’ definition of a sport.

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9(b) For purposes of this section, “competition cheer” means a
10sport in which teams participate in direct, head-to-head
11competition with one another using an objective scoring system.

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12(c) The California Interscholastic Federation shall seek a United
13States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Title IX
14compliance designation for competition cheer. Competition cheer
15shall not be counted towards a school’s Title IX compliance unless
16the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
17deems competition cheer compliant with its definition of a sport.

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