Assemblymember Medina Reintroduces Bill to Make Ethnic Studies for All

Friday, December 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) reintroduced legislation to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement. Assembly Bill (AB) 101 will require all California high schools to offer ethnic studies starting in academic year 2025-26, and require the subject for graduation commencing in 2029-30.

“As civil unrest and racial tension have risen across the nation, ethnic studies provides hope for fostering understanding and unity,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “Ethnic studies courses empower students and help build culturally competent citizens by teaching students about the multifaceted history of America that is often left out of textbooks. AB 101 is necessary to ensure all students develop a foundational and accurate understanding of United States history.

“Ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement remains a top priority of mine and a critical need in our state. It’s time to heed the call of students and educators who have been demanding ethnic studies in schools for decades. I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and my colleagues in the Legislature to pass this crucial legislation this year and finally make ethnic studies for all.”

AB 101 awaits referral by the Rules Committee to its first policy committee for hearing in the Assembly.

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