Assemblymember Medina Applauds LAUSD’s Decision to Make Ethnic Studies a Graduation Requirement

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:

“I applaud LAUSD for understanding the need for ethnic studies in our schools and the benefit it provides to all students. As the largest school district in California, and second largest in the nation, this decision has the ability to empower hundreds of thousands of students in our state – giving students the opportunity to see themselves reflected in their coursework. During a time of rising racial tensions, ethnic studies is critical to fostering understanding, critical thinking, and deeper reflections of our country’s complex history.

“LAUSD’s landmark decision represents the future of California, as many other school districts throughout the state have already passed, or are considering, similar requirements. I urge the Legislature and Governor Newsom to follow suit and pass Assembly Bill 331, which will make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for all California students. It’s time to make ethnic studies for all.”

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Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061