AB 331 Petition

I support AB 331 which will add a course of ethnic studies to be a high school graduation requirement beginning the school year of 2023-2024.

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 District schools.

Given California’s annual increase in diversity, it is 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. Ethnic studies, promotes respect and understanding among races, supports student success and teaches critical thinking skills. Additionally the course provides students with the opportunity to learn about their respective culture in the context of California’s history.

Requiring ethnic studies to be taught in high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diversity. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, it is also important for them to feel like they can contribute to their communities in positive ways. AB 331 will help close the achievement gap by reducing student truancy and student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and better prepare Californian youth to be college prepared and career ready.

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  • Craig Cook
    signed 2019-03-06 09:53:56 -0800
    I write in support of AB 331 which will add a course of ethnic studies to be a high school graduation requirement beginning the school year of 2023-2024.


    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 District schools.


    Given California’s annual increase in diversity, it is 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. Ethnic studies, promotes respect and understanding among races, supports student success and teaches critical thinking skills. Additionally the course provides students with the opportunity to learn about their respective culture in the context of California’s history.


    Requiring ethnic studies to be taught in high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diversity. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, it is also important for them to feel like they can contribute to their communities in positive ways. AB 331 will help close the achievement gap by reducing student truancy and student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and better prepare Californian youth to be college prepared and career ready.


    Sincerely,

    Prof. Craig Cook

    SBCC

    American Ethnic Studies Department
  • Carolyn Samoa
    signed 2019-03-06 09:53:42 -0800
  • Miranda O'Brien
    signed 2019-03-06 09:50:53 -0800
  • jocelyn morales
    signed 2019-03-06 09:44:40 -0800
    jocelyn morales
  • David Marsh
    signed 2019-03-06 09:14:10 -0800
  • Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval
    signed 2019-03-06 09:00:15 -0800
    Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval
  • aurora marquez
    signed 2019-03-06 08:53:22 -0800
  • George Terterian
    @georgeterterian tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-06 08:53:12 -0800
  • George Terterian
    signed 2019-03-06 08:52:16 -0800
    Liberal Arts education is the antidote to bigotry.
  • Esmeralda Echavarria
    signed 2019-03-06 08:39:14 -0800
  • Kym Paszkeicz
    signed 2019-03-06 08:30:14 -0800
  • Rose Calderon
    signed 2019-03-06 08:26:01 -0800
  • Sara Mcgrath
    signed 2019-03-06 08:17:33 -0800
  • Jordan Bollag
    signed 2019-03-06 07:58:52 -0800
  • Courtney Haile
    signed 2019-03-06 07:55:30 -0800
    Ethnic Studies now!
  • Chelsey Austria
    signed 2019-03-06 07:41:05 -0800
  • Scott Ruskamp
    signed 2019-03-06 07:38:37 -0800
  • Francisco Sola
    signed 2019-03-06 06:19:05 -0800
  • Cueponcaxochitl Sandoval
    signed 2019-03-06 06:18:36 -0800
  • Petra Guerra
    signed 2019-03-06 05:46:13 -0800
  • Yolanda Gonzalez
    signed 2019-03-06 05:25:47 -0800
    As an educator in a socioeconomically underserved community of Latino & Black students, the need for ethnic studies is especially important for racial appreciation and awareness of generational traumas inflicted upon our ancestral and present communities.
  • Caroline Loveall
    signed 2019-03-06 05:07:21 -0800
  • Jerold Hoffman
    signed 2019-03-06 03:31:17 -0800
  • Clara Carpenter
    signed 2019-03-06 02:45:14 -0800
    Clara Carpenter
  • Stephanie Diaz
    signed 2019-03-06 01:47:22 -0800
    Stephanie Diaz
  • Karen Zepeda
    signed 2019-03-06 01:43:11 -0800
  • Eda Erdener
    signed 2019-03-06 00:21:12 -0800
  • David Almada
    signed 2019-03-05 23:00:48 -0800
    A study of the diversity of our nation, from its indigenous peoples roots to the present is critical to it’s future well being . We must learn about each other’s history, culture and traditions. We have not accomplished this in the past in our schools. Our nation has not fully reached it’s potential. Currently. There are forces attempting to take us back in time. Our hard gained civil rights gains are being threatened. Much of this retrenchment is a result of ignorance, prejudice and racism. We must have our children learn about each other and live in peace and with love for one another.
  • Jazmin Garcia
    signed 2019-03-05 22:58:09 -0800
  • Kelly Iwamoto
    signed 2019-03-05 22:54:38 -0800

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