California Poised to Make History With the Passage of AB 331, Requiring Mandatory Ethnic Studies

One of the most devastating impacts of institutional racism is having the contributions of people of color largely written out of the nation’s history making it difficult for minority students to imagine their own potential for greatness.

Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) has made it his goal to change this for minority students in California. Those efforts now appear poised for success.

Ethnic studies mandate for California K-12 students gaining momentum in Legislature

Sensing the timing is now right, the author of a bill that would require all students to take ethnic studies to graduate from high school is pressing Senate leaders to free up the bill and send it to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature before the end of August. The governor already has on his desk another bill that would make a course in ethnic studies a prerequisite for a California State University diploma.

New Bill Aims To Make Ethnic Studies A Requirement For High School Graduation

A new bill in the California Legislature aims to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for high school students in the state. The bill’s author Assemblyman Jose Medina says despite ethnic studies being established as an academic discipline more than 50 years ago, it has never been integrated into classrooms. Medina’s bill would require a full one-year course in ethnic studies for high school students.

Op-ed: Ethnic studies should be required in our high schools

The United States is in the midst of transformation. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police launched our nation’s largest movement in recent memory. In the aftermath of protests, people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are demanding change.

Inland state lawmakers oppose facility for undocumented immigrant children

Building a facility in the Inland Empire to house unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexican border is “a violation of human rights,” state lawmakers representing the region said Monday, AUg. 26, in a joint statement.

“As representatives of the Inland Empire, we condemn the use of space in any location, but especially in our community, to detain unaccompanied children,” the statement reads.

California proposal requiring ethnic studies for diploma delayed

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.

Ethnic studies bill delayed in California amid controversy

A proposed law that would require all California high school students take an ethnic studies course is on hold for this year after the draft curriculum prompted weeks of escalating controversy from diverse groups whose members said they were misrepresented or excluded.

Bill to allow athletes to profit from name advances

A California bill that would make it possible for a college athlete to profit from the use of his or her name, images and likeness passed another subcommittee hurdle in the legislative process Tuesday afternoon.

The state assembly's Committee on Higher Education voted 9-0 to move the bill forward, and chairman Jose Medina called the NCAA's threats and requests to slow down the legislative process during the past couple months "akin to bullying."

California assembly bill looks to increase Cal Grant access and funding

A California assembly bill, if passed, would expand the Cal Grant system to cover nontuition expenses, increase access and create a Summer Cal Grant program.

Assembly Bill 1314 would phase in reforms to the Cal Grant programs to further expand and simplify them. AB 1314 was passed by the California state assembly on May 24 and is currently going through the legislative process in the California Senate.