Governor Vetoes Medina Bill to Pilot Ethnic Studies as High School Graduation Requirement

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that Governor Jerry Brown vetoed his bill, AB 2772, which would have expanded access to Ethnic Studies in California’s high schools.

“I am disappointed that Governor Brown vetoed AB 2772,” said Assemblymember Medina. “The history taught in our classrooms is not inclusive of the diversity that makes up California and that needs to change. As a former Ethnic Studies teacher, I’ve seen first-hand the excitement and increased level of engagement students experience when they personally connect to the coursework. Ethnic Studies is a powerful mechanism that helps broaden the understanding of backgrounds and cultures different from our own.”

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that offers an in-depth comparative study of the history, politics, culture, contributions, challenges, and current status of ethnic groups in the United States. AB 2772 would have created an opt-in pilot program for up to 11 school districts to add the completion of a course in Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement. Currently, school districts are encouraged to offer Ethnic Studies, but it is not required.

“I will continue to fight for increased access to Ethnic Studies and plan to introduce similar legislation in the future, said Assemblymember Medina.”

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CONTACT: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061