State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Voices Support of Ethnic Studies as Graduation Requirement

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SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) received support from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for his bill AB 2772, which would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement.

“AB 2772 gives schools the ability to utilize the current ethnic studies curriculum being developed by the Instructional Quality Commission in participation with faculty of ethnic studies from universities and colleges and representatives of local educational agencies with relevant experience in studying and teaching ethnic studies,” said Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “AB 2772 would authorize local educational agencies to require a semester in ethnic studies at their discretion and submit course outlines for A-G approval. I believe this is critical to allow schools districts to adapt their courses to reflect the pupil demographics in their communities as an innovative strategy to constructively impact students both socially and academically. For these reasons, I support AB 2772.”

“Ethnic studies courses engage students and help build culturally competent citizens,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina.  “I’m proud to have the support of the State Superintendent for AB 2772 and grateful that recognizes the importance of this legislation.”

AB 2772 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee next Wednesday, June 27, which starts at 9 a.m. in State Capitol, Room 4203.


Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061