Press Release

Friday, August 17, 2018

A bill that would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement in California is among a series of education-related bills from Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, that are moving to the Senate floor.

The bill would require high schools students in California to take a semester of ethnic studies in order to graduate, beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Medina said the course would “help ensure that all students learn about the diverse histories of the people that make up America.”

Friday, August 17, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) succeeded in moving the following critical K-12 and higher education bills out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This week the Legislature—which had been considering a bill to make California the first state to require ethnic studies for high school graduation—backed away from creating such a statewide mandate, citing costs estimated to top $400 million. Sponsors settled on a pilot program instead.

The pilot would cover 10 to 15 school districts across the state that will opt in to have ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. Schools would begin applying next year and the program would create the requirement for some students as early as 2022, with schools reporting their findings in 2024.

Monday, August 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) spoke in support of ACR 269 (Choi), which establishes November 9th as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day.

Dosan Ahn Chang Ho is known as the leader of the Korean Independence Movement. When Korea was annexed by Japan in 1910, Ahn Chang Ho did not hesitate to rise to the challenge of leading the Korean Independence Movement. His influence and actions helped Koreans understand the importance of a free nation, and as a result democracy is firmly rooted in South Korea.

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018

(Sacramento) Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) joined a rally with students and teachers to cite reports of higher motivation and graduation rates, along with fewer dropouts in schools that make ethnic studies a requirement. “Ethnic studies has shown that it can raise achievement amongst all groups. Ethnic studies improves empathy in a school” said Assemblymember Medina, who spent a number of years in the classroom as a teacher. Mr. Medina has introduced Assembly Bill 2772, a measure to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement by 2023.