Save Ethnic Studies in California

Save Ethnic Studies in California

AB331 has passed the Senate Floor!

Thank you to everyone who helped! We made nearly 400 calls, sent 1300 emails, and amassed over 24,000 signatures!

Now, Governor Newsom needs to sign it before

 September 30th!

We have to save Ethnic Studies in California!!!

What is Ethnic Studies?

  • Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigenous communities and culture that focuses on the diverse histories and perspectives of people of color.

  • Currently, many students don’t have the opportunity to take an Ethnic Studies course until they get to college, and even then it is a course that must be sought out by the student as an elective.

What does AB331 do?

  • Makes Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement for all of California’s students (public, charter, and private schools) starting in the 2024-2025 academic year, upon appropriation of funding.

  • Permits the required ethnic studies course to be offered in any discipline, not only English language arts and social studies, provided that it is based on the ethnic studies model curriculum. 

 

Why is AB331 needed?

  • Learning about our diverse histories and experiences is too important to be left up to choice, especially in our rapidly diversifying nation and state.

  • Taking an ethnic studies class has a measurably positive impact on students.  A study out of Stanford University shows that high school students at-risk of dropping out experienced boosted attendance and academic performance after taking ethnic studies.

How can I get involved?

  • Sign our petition!

  • Send an email to Governor Newsom! Go to http://gov.ca.gov, Click CONTACT in top toolbar, and send an email in support of AB331!

  • Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445- 2841

View a recording of our AB331 Virtual Rally

  • Listen to inspiring messages from:
    • Jose Medina, Assemblymember for the 61st District, Author of AB331
    • Tony Thurmond , State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
    • Assemblymember Weber, Assemblymember for the 79th District, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus
    • Assemblymember Gonazalez, Assemblymember for the 80th District Chair of the Latino Caucus
    • Sophia Andrary, Women’s March San Francisco Chair
    • Gema Quetzal Cardenas, CA State Student Board Member 2018-2019
    • Brenna Pangelinan, CA State Student Board Member 2019-2020
    • Joshua Camarillo, Fresno Student Board Member
    • Jessica Riestra, Western Regional Dir March for Our Lives National
    • Maya Howard, Student Member on Instructional Quality Commission
    • Shavonne Hines-Foster, San Francisco Unified Student Board Member
    • Zachary Patterson, San Diego Student Board Member
    • Olivia Ang-Olson, Sacramento City Student Board Member
    • Josephine Cureton, Former Chair SF Youth Commission
    • Frances Suavillo, Los Angeles Unified Student Board Member
 

Still have questions? Listen to a recording of our AB331 Town Hall

  • Listen to us discuss our campaign with & ask related questions to Assemblymember Medina and several youth leaders!
  • Panelists include:
    • Assemblymember Medina, Author of AB331

    • Gema Quetzal, former State Board of Education Student Board Member

    • Brenna Pangelinan, current State Board of Education Student Member

    • Maya Howard, Student Member on Instructional Quality Commission

    • Zachary Patterson, San Diego Unified Student Board Member

    • Frances Suavillo, Los Angeles Unified Student Board Member

    • Joshua Camarillo, Fresno Unified Student Board Member

    • Shavonne Hines-Foster, San Francisco Unified Student Board Member

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