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The Latest: California OKs new sex education guidance

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California State Board of Education's vote to revise sex education guidance for public school teachers (all times local):

5:04 p.m.

California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergarteners and giving advice to help LGBT teenagers navigate relationships and practice safe sex.

LGBT advocates praised the new recommendations for giving such attention to a community that often is left out of sex education policies. But some parents and conservative groups assailed the more than 700-page document as an assault on parental rights. They argued those issues should best be taught by parents in the home.

The guidance approved by the California State Board of Education on Wednesday does not require teachers to teach anything. But it is designed to expose them to the latest research and help them make sure students are meeting state standards.

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1:02 p.m.

California education officials have recommended against suggesting teachers use certain books to help students understand sex education.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new sex education guidance for California's public school teachers.

On Wednesday, a few hundred concerned parents protested the changes. Much of the backlash has been focused on the books the document recommends children read. One book is "S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties." It includes descriptions of anal sex, bondage and other sex acts.

State Board of Education member Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon said Wednesday the books have created a panic and distracted from the department's education goals. She recommended they be removed from the guidance.

The board is expected to vote on the document later Wednesday.

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11 a.m.

A few hundred protesters have gathered to protest proposed changes to sex education guidance for California's public school teachers.

The California State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new health education guidance for teachers. The proposal includes advice about how to teach sex education, including discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.

Four-year-old Angelie Reyes held a sign that read: "Protect my innocence and childhood." She traveled more than 400 miles to Sacramento with her mother, Patricia Reyes, who called the proposal "pornography."

Michele McNutt, a mother with two children in elementary school, said she supports the proposal because it is never too early to teach her daughters about healthy relationships and consent.

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10:17 p.m.

The California State Board of Education is set to vote on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools that some opponents are calling unnecessary and even obscene.

The guidance gives teachers advice about talking to kindergarteners about gender identity, discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.

The board meets Wednesday to consider a document designed to give teachers ideas to meet the state's health education standards. The guidance is not mandatory.

The proposal has angered some parents and conservative groups who say it goes too far.

Equality California Communications Director Samuel Garrett-Pate said many parents support the changes. He said too often LGBTQ students don't receive information during sex education that teaches them about healthy practices.

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