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


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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  • Humberto Reyes Jr.
    signed 2018-08-18 13:32:26 -0700
  • Carmela Almeida
    signed via 2018-05-29 23:41:26 -0700
    I support Ethnic Studies so students will value their cultural and linguistic heritage and its relevance to US history.
  • Jean Ballantyne
    signed 2018-03-03 14:37:40 -0800
  • Ron Dowell
    signed 2017-12-19 23:40:52 -0800
  • andrea angel
    signed 2017-08-31 20:55:47 -0700
  • lesly sanabria
    signed 2017-08-31 20:52:15 -0700
  • Ruben Garcia Diaz
    signed 2017-06-27 16:35:40 -0700
    Teach Ethnic Studies in every state
  • Kristen OConnor
    signed 2017-02-27 11:25:12 -0800
    Kristen S OConnor
  • Douglas Johannes
    signed via 2017-02-05 11:01:37 -0800
  • Magnus Falko
    signed 2016-12-10 08:56:48 -0800
  • Tori Morrison
    signed 2016-11-09 16:32:33 -0800
    Tori Morrison
  • Karen Louriana Medina
    signed via 2016-09-12 13:40:25 -0700
    Karen Louriana Medina
  • Leslie De Haro
    signed via 2016-09-12 13:05:37 -0700
    Leslie De Haro
  • Catherine Marroquin
    signed 2016-09-12 12:37:26 -0700
    Catherine Marroquin
  • Henry Lanier
    signed 2016-09-07 18:49:46 -0700
  • Jaimy Mann
    signed 2016-09-07 11:06:20 -0700
  • Leticia Barajas
    signed 2016-09-06 19:10:10 -0700
  • Kevin Moore
    signed 2016-09-03 20:48:15 -0700
  • Jorge Aros
    signed 2016-08-31 14:28:12 -0700
    We have been Californians since Spanish land grant days. We believe in the value of knowing our roots and growth there.
  • Brian Stephens
    signed 2016-08-24 17:37:39 -0700
    Currently working on making ethnic studies required in Riverside California public schools
  • David Dean
    signed via 2016-08-10 12:00:25 -0700
  • Alison Espinosa-Setchko
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-09 15:46:27 -0700
    Sign the Petition today ★ Support Ethnic Studies ★ Support AB 2016 ★ Let's do this!
  • Alison Espinosa-Setchko
    signed via 2016-08-09 15:45:56 -0700
  • Elizabeth Evans
    signed 2016-08-04 11:34:52 -0700
  • christopher corbett
    signed via 2016-08-01 19:21:45 -0700
  • Ria Fay-Berquist
    @fayB tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 18:00:45 -0700
    Sign the Petition today ★ Support Ethnic Studies ★ Support AB 2016 ★ Let's do this!
  • Maritza Resendez
    signed 2016-07-20 20:45:32 -0700
  • Terry Yamada
    signed 2016-07-20 09:40:37 -0700
  • Tram Le
    signed 2016-07-18 14:45:18 -0700
  • Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel
    signed 2016-07-17 14:14:25 -0700
    Although I am currently an Ohio resident, I grew up in and was educated in San Diego (Junipero Serra High School and the University of California San Diego). As a Pacific Islander student, I never had access to anything remotely resembling an ethnic studies curriculum. As a result, it was incredibly difficult for me to “make sense of” where I “fit” in “American society”, up to and including the larger historical trajectories which had led my Chamorro/Pacific Islander family to settle in San Diego. While this gap in the curriculum eventually led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology and to teach ethnic studies at the university level across the country, the availability of academic and cultural resources via a rigorous ethnic studies curriculum at the high school level would have meant a great deal to me as young person and citizen. Given this critical juncture in American society, and specifically, given the demographic and cultural realities which already characterize California, I strongly urge the State’s civic and political leaders to take bold measures to enrich the curricular offerings of its public schools by passing this important legislation supporting ethnic studies.