SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) bill AB 101, which would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement, passed the Assembly Education Committee.
AB 101 would add the completion of a course in ethnic studies based on model curriculum or existing ethnic studies course that meets the A-G requirement, starting in the 2025-26 school year, and would require all students to have taken a one semester course in ethnic studies for students graduating in 2029-30.
AB 101 would update the high school curriculum to make it reflective of California’s diverse population. Medina states, “Knowledge of our history plays a critical role in shaping who we become. When I was growing up, the history of those who look like me was not represented in the classroom. As a former Ethnic Studies teacher, I saw firsthand how much more engaged my students were when they saw themselves reflected in the coursework. In order to build racial justice in this state and country, all of our students need to learn the real history of America – and that history includes the diverse experiences and perspectives of people of color. I remain committed to ensuring we can make Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement.”
AB 101 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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