Bill to Mandate Ethnic Studies Approved by Assembly

A bill in the state legislator that could make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement is one step closer to becoming law.

AB 2772, authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, passed the Assembly Floor with a 54-19 vote and would require high schools students to take a semester of ethnic studies in order graduate, beginning in the 2023-24 school year.

“The history that students learn in school is typically narrow in focus and perspective,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Requiring ethnic studies helps ensure that all students learn about the diverse histories of the people that make up America.”

The ethnic studies curriculum that will be implemented is currently being developed by the Instructional Quality Commission of the State Board of Education.


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