Medina Bill to Mandate Ethnic Studies Passes Senate Education Committee

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina’s (D-Riverside) bill AB 2772, which would make ethnic studies a graduation requirement, passed the Senate Education Committee with a 5-0 vote.

Supported by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and a coalition of educators and students across the state, AB 2772 would require high schools students to take a semester of ethnic studies in order to graduate, beginning in the 2023-24 school year. The ethnic studies curriculum that will be implemented is currently being developed by the Instructional Quality Commission of the State Board of Education.

“Ethnic studies courses engage students and help build culturally competent citizens,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina.  “Requiring ethnic studies helps ensure that all students learn about the diverse histories of the people that make up America. I’m grateful that my colleagues on the Senate Education Committee recognize the need for ethnic studies in our schools and thankful for their support.”

AB 2772 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee upon referral.

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Contact: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061