California proposal requiring ethnic studies for diploma delayed - EdSource by John Fensterwald

Friday, August 23, 2019

The author of legislation that would require students to take an ethnic studies course as a requirement for high school graduation has put off a vote on the bill this year amid widespread criticism of a proposed curriculum that would serve as a guide for school districts statewide.

“It is not a question of whether the subject itself is necessary but rather, how do we ensure the curriculum is comprehensive, rigorous and inclusive enough,” Assemblyman José Medina, D-Riverside, said in a statement on Thursday. “This underscores the importance of taking the time necessary to ensure we get the curriculum right.”

Medina said that he would bring back Assembly Bill 331 next year for a vote and also would support extending the March deadline for the State Board of Education to approve a model curriculum for ethnic studies for use in the classroom next fall. Medina’s course requirement would first apply to the graduating class of 2025, although Medina said he might push that back a year.