Assemblymember Medina Releases Statement on the Draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Friday, July 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement regarding the California Department of Education’s release of its new draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum:

“I applaud the California Department of Education and the Instructional Quality Commission on its hard work to create and release a new draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. CDE and the IQC have been dedicated to developing a model curriculum that reflects the traditional tenants of ethnic studies and worked tirelessly to seek and incorporate feedback from stakeholders across the state.

“The model curriculum is still a draft and in the early stages of the input process. I trust this process and believe we will end up with a strong ethnic studies framework that will provide a solid structure for educators to build off as they bring ethnic studies to life in their classrooms.

“My bill, AB 331, which would make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement, does not go into effect until the 2024-25 academic year. This provides ample time for school districts and educators to prepare for the implementation of this subject. We are moving in the right direction to ensure all California students have the opportunity to experience ethnic studies in their schools. I look forward to the work ahead to develop a final framework of which we all are proud.”

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