It’s been more than 50 years since ethnic studies was established as an academic discipline. Yet despite decades of scholarship and activism, ethnic studies has not been integrated into K-12 classrooms. Many students graduate high school without exposure to a culturally comprehensive education and lack understanding of our country’s diverse and complex history.
Ethnic studies, promotes respect and understanding among races, supports student success, and teaches critical thinking skills. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, and equally important for them to feel like they can contribute to their communities in positive ways.
AB 101 is necessary to ensure all students develop a foundational and accurate understanding of United States history. We are poised to lead the nation in education equity for all students. And become the first state to require ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement.
Track This Bill
AB 101 was signed by the Governor on October 8.
Visit the California Legislative Information website for details.
Support Ethnic Studies:
Letters of Support: To show your support on AB 101, you can submit a letter of support for its hearing day in the Senate Education committee.
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California Teachers Association [Read Support Letter]
Generation Up [Read Support Letter]
California Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
California State PTA
The United Farm Workers
California Association of Student Councils
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter (NASW-CA)
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Latino Caucus of California Counties (LCCC)
The Education Trust- West
Teach our History California
For more on this topic:
UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative: Ethnic Studies in California’s High Schools
Press Enterprise: Op-ed: Ethnic studies should be required in our high schools
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS): Ethnic studies increases longer-run academic engagement and attainment