Press Release

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

San Diego legislators and others are calling for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would require ethnic studies for high school students, a bill that has sat on his desk for two weeks.

AB 331 was authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, and passed both chambers of the state Legislature at the end of August.

The bill would require public schools to offer a semester course in ethnic studies starting in 2025, and it would require high school students, starting with the class of 2030, to take ethnic studies in order to graduate.

There would be no state-mandated ethnic studies curriculum. School districts and charter schools would individually adopt the curriculum they want.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

San Diegans have been wondering and worrying for months whether their children will attend a school that is still physically meeting in person or whether they will stay home to participate in the novelty of fully online primary and tertiary education. School boards and school districts all across the country made complicated decisions, often accompanied and assisted by a constant stream of feedback from their local communities. The decisions came against the backdrop of a national movement over systemic inequity, inequality and injustice. The inherent importance of opening schools on time would shape these decisions into ones seen as separate from the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and instead categorized as a consequence of the ongoing global pandemic.

As a result, decisions regarding curriculum modifications are being delayed and put aside. Consequently, these decisions may never take place.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

California would become the first state to require that all high school students pass a one-semester ethnic studies course to graduate if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill that the Legislature passed on Monday, the last day of the legislative session.

But in order to get Assembly Bill 331 out of a Senate committee and on to a final vote, the primary author, Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, proposed one amendment and accepted several others.

One amendment would push back the start date to the graduating class of 2029-30; districts would have to begin offering a course in the 2025-26 school year. Medina said the new schedule would give schools and districts “plenty of time to prepare for a smooth implementation” and give the state time to provide funding for the new courses, which would be considered a state mandate.

Monday, August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Tonight, Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) bill, AB 331, which would make ethnic studies a California high school graduation requirement, passed both houses of the California Legislature and now moves to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Every high school student in California would be required to take a course on the contributions of racial and ethnic groups that have been oppressed and exploited through U.S. history, under a bill now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

The Assembly gave final legislative approval Monday to AB331 by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, which would add a one-semester ethnic studies course to the state’s high school graduation requirement, starting with the 2029-30 academic year.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education decision to require students to take a semester of ethnic studies to graduate starting in academic year 2023-24: