A new bill in the California Legislature aims to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for high school students in the state. The bill’s author Assemblyman Jose Medina says despite ethnic studies being established as an academic discipline more than 50 years ago, it has never been integrated into classrooms.
Medina’s bill would require a full one-year course in ethnic studies for high school students. Similar proposals to introduce ethnic curriculum to schools have been introduced in the past, including the California Ethnic Studies Model Draft which was condemned by some lawmakers for not addressing issues of anti-Semitism. Assembly Bill 331 will need to pass through the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to Governor Gavin Newsom for consideration.