Medina Bill to Require Ethnic Studies Passes California Legislature

For immediate release:
  • Julianne Cravotto
  • (916) 319-2061

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) Assembly Bill 101, which would make ethnic studies a California high school graduation requirement, passed the California State Legislature.

Supported by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond and a coalition of educators, students, and advocates across the state, AB 101 would require high schools to offer ethnic studies courses beginning in the academic year 2025-26 and make the course a graduation requirement commencing in 2029-2030. This gives schools and districts plenty of time to prepare for a smooth implementation and the adoption of this requirement.

“Requiring ethnic studies in high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diversity. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, it is also important for them to feel like they can contribute to their communities in positive ways. This bill comes after decades of struggles and countless efforts by students, teachers, and legislators to diversify curriculum in both K-12 and higher education.

The work that went into designing the final version of AB 101 embodies the very purpose of ethnic studies: the coming together of five diverse caucuses to share their stories, empower one another, and to represent the communities they come from.”

AB 101 now moves to Governor Newsom’s Desk for a signature.
 

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CONTACT: Julianne Cravotto (916) 319-2061