History-Social Science

Lisa Kotowski
Assistant Superintendent

Lori Lott
Administrative Assistant

Welcome to Lodi Unified School District Social Science Department.  We provide in-services, assist with selecting texts and ordering supplies as well as any additional support requested.

History Social Science Framework Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

When did SB 48 take effect?

SB 48 went into effect on January 1, 2012.

At which grade levels is this content taught?

This content is taught to grades K-12.

When did Lodi USD begin teaching this content?

Lodi USD implemented the new framework in the 2018-19 school year, following parent meetings that took place in the 2017-18 school year.

Does the law prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Discrimination based on sexual orientation was already prohibited by Education Code Section 220 before SB 48 was passed. Lodi USD is obligated to protect students from discriminatory harassment. Senate Bill 48 emphasized that protection by reiterating in Education Code Section 51500 the ban on classroom instruction or other school activities that promote discrimination based on sexual orientation.

What did SB 48 change?

SB 48 made several additions to the Education Code sections dealing with the course of study, classroom instruction, and instructional materials. 

The bill added language to Education Code Section 51204.5, which prescribes the inclusion of the contributions of various groups in the history of California and the United States. This section already included men and women and numerous ethnic groups; the expanded language now includes (additions bolded):“...a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”

The legislation also added some requirements with regard to instructional materials.

Education Code Section 51501 outlines prohibitions on material included in textbooks or other instructional materials. This section already included prohibitions on matter “reflecting adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry”; this bill added “sexual orientation” to the list. Education Code Section 60044 includes a similar prohibition; the language was added there as well, along with a prohibition on materials that contain materials that reflect adversely on persons on the basis of their occupation.

Education Code Section 60040 directs governing boards to only adopt instructional materials that “accurately portray the cultural and racial diversity of our society.” That section already included a number of groups, and was amended to include all of those in Section 51204.5 as listed above. Finally, the legislation provides a reminder to charter and alternative schools that they are also prohibited in engaging in discrimination per Section 235 of the Education Code.

Which groups are specifically named in SB 48?

SB 48 amended California Education Code to require school districts to include the following groups when teaching history and social science:

  • Men and women
  • Native Americans
  • African Americans
  • Mexican Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Pacific Islanders
  • European Americans
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT)
  • People with disabilities 

Can we choose to opt out of the curriculum?

No, you cannot opt out of the curriculum. However, you can request an alternative assignment for a specific lesson. Controversial topics are discussed in multiple lessons throughout the school year, which will require more than a blanket alternative assignment form. Please complete and return the alternative assignment form here.

When did the State Board of Education adopt the history-social science framework?

The State Board of Education adopted the history-social science framework on July 14, 2016.

Can we review the textbooks associated with the curriculum?

Textbooks are available at our District office. Our District office is located at 1305 E. Vine Street, Lodi, CA 95240. In addition, the presentation that was shown during the parent information nights can be viewed here

I missed the parent information meetings. Where can I review the presentation?

A copy of the presentation can be found here

Controversial Topics by Grade

If you have additional questions, please email us at historyadoption@lodiusd.org.