An Inland assemblyman wants to revive a bill that would require California high schoolers to take an ethnic studies class in order to graduate.
Former high school teacher Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, backed a similar bill last year that ultimately was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. With Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, Medina is optimistic the idea will be accepted.
“Knowledge of our history plays a critical role in shaping who we become,” Medina, a Latino, said in a news release. “When I was growing up, the history of those who look like me was not represented in the classroom.
“As a former Ethnic Studies teacher, I saw firsthand how much more engaged my students were when they saw themselves reflected in the coursework.”