California Adds Ethnic Studies to High School Curriculum

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) issued the following response after Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 101, effectively adding ethnic studies to California’s high school curriculum.

“Thank you to Governor Newsom for signing AB 101. The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue. Students cannot have a full understanding of the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. I want to acknowledge the countless young people, high school and college students, teachers and professors, who have organized, demonstrated, boycotted classes, and gone on hunger strikes to demand a more equitable and inclusive educational system. The signing of AB 101 today is one-step in the long struggle for equal education for all students.”

AB 101 is the latest state effort to mandate ethnic studies in high schools. Beginning in the academic year 2025-26, high schools across California will offer ethnic studies courses and make it a graduation requirement commencing in 2029-2030. With the Governor’s signature, AB 101 will now become law.



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