PETITION AB 2016 Ethnic Studies

*** UPDATE *** AB 2016 was signed into law on September 13, 2016 by Governor Brown! Click here to download the full text of the law ---> DOWNLOAD

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I support AB 2016, which instructs the Superintendent to establish a model curriculum for Ethnic Studies beginning the school year of 2017-18. Beginning with the school year after the development of the model curriculum, each school district with grade 9-12 will be required to offer the class to their students as an elective for social science.

California has one of the largest and most diverse student populations in the nation. Ethnic minorities account for over 71 percent of the student population, with more than 90 languages spoken in the state’s school districts

Given California’s annual increase in population diversity, it is especially important that students build knowledge of the various racial and ethnic groups in our state. Incorporating ethnic studies courses into standard high school curriculum is a means to accomplish this. In doing so, students gain an encompassed outlook on other cultures while learning respect and tolerance. Additionally, it provides students with the opportunity to learn about their respective culture in the context of California’s history.

Developing ethnic studies programs in all public high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diverse cultures. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, but also important for them to feel like they can change their communities in positive ways. This bill will help close the achievement gap by reducing student truancy, increasing student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and better prepare Californian youth to be college-prepared and career-ready.

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  • Gabriela Baeza Ventura
    signed 2016-07-05 11:38:30 -0700
  • jocelyn cortes
    signed 2016-07-05 11:20:24 -0700
    jocelyn cortes
  • Berny Motto
    signed 2016-07-05 11:11:04 -0700
    Our students need AB 2016, so they could have a strong cultural and historical foundation and efficiently compete in this globalize world.
  • Christi Cardozo
    signed 2016-07-05 11:06:59 -0700
  • Ellis Sanchez
    signed 2016-07-05 10:56:17 -0700
  • John Morales
    signed 2016-07-05 10:55:20 -0700
  • Lani Felicitas
    signed 2016-07-05 10:44:40 -0700
  • Stephanie Hedgecoke
    signed 2016-07-05 10:44:36 -0700
  • Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin
    signed 2016-07-05 10:42:27 -0700
  • Delia Ortega
    signed 2016-07-05 10:41:52 -0700
  • Susan Asai
    signed 2016-07-05 10:28:00 -0700
    Education is the only way to overcome ignorance and hate.
  • Israel Amado
    signed 2016-07-05 10:20:11 -0700
  • Justin Blea
    signed 2016-07-05 10:07:29 -0700
  • Master Jazterix
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-05 09:58:43 -0700
    Sign the Petition today ★ Support Ethnic Studies ★ Support AB 2016 ★ Let's do this!
  • Elizabeth Salazar
    signed 2016-07-05 09:58:18 -0700
  • Monica Villarreal
    signed via 2016-07-05 09:57:56 -0700
  • Lani Hernandez
    signed 2016-07-05 09:52:43 -0700
  • Evelina Rodriguez
    signed 2016-07-05 09:47:28 -0700
  • Adrienne Hyder
    @aderoney tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-05 09:46:16 -0700
    Sign the Petition today ★ Support Ethnic Studies ★ Support AB 2016 ★ Let's do this! http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/ab2016?recruiter_id=42277
  • Carlos Hagedorn
    signed 2016-07-05 07:21:42 -0700
  • Genesis Anguiano
    signed 2016-07-05 00:27:54 -0700
  • Veronica Flores-Carranza
    signed 2016-06-28 14:54:58 -0700
  • Freddie Sanchez
    signed 2016-06-27 17:36:08 -0700
  • gerardo marin
    signed 2016-06-27 09:13:40 -0700
    gerardo o marin
  • Allen Gunderson
    signed via 2016-06-25 23:43:26 -0700
    As a former California teacher, I can say that Ethnic Studies needs to happen.
  • Melany Aguilar
    signed 2016-06-25 20:25:02 -0700
  • yunuen gonzalez
    signed 2016-06-25 17:15:39 -0700
  • Young Whan Choi
    signed via 2016-06-25 15:16:25 -0700
  • P. Lewis
    signed via 2016-06-25 11:06:19 -0700
  • Susanna Kerstholt - Molloy
    signed 2016-06-25 08:19:23 -0700
    I am a S.F.S.U. Graduate and am proud to have taken several ethnic studies classes. I ma a teacher in a diverse school. I feel the classes that I took and the people and conversations I was exposed to makes me a better, more effective and compassionate teacher.

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