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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1,039 SIGNATURES
1,000 signatures

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  • Fernando Santillan
    signed 2020-07-02 10:52:46 -0700
  • Roselinn Lee
    signed 2020-07-02 10:51:01 -0700
    Ethnic Studies helps democratize our society.
  • Lisa Ramos
    signed 2020-07-02 10:50:26 -0700
  • octavio barajas
    signed 2020-07-02 10:50:25 -0700
  • Jazmin Munoz
    signed 2020-07-02 10:50:22 -0700
  • Ana Orozco
    signed 2020-07-02 10:50:09 -0700
  • Andrea Sanchez
    signed 2020-07-02 10:50:05 -0700
  • Lauren Beal
    signed 2020-07-02 10:49:52 -0700
  • Juan Gamboa
    signed 2020-07-02 10:49:35 -0700
  • Michelle Montenegro
    signed 2020-06-29 16:23:04 -0700
  • Lauren Moore
    signed 2020-06-27 14:08:51 -0700
  • Alicia Sylvester
    signed 2020-06-27 13:00:27 -0700
  • Anna Guerrero
    signed 2020-06-26 11:59:43 -0700
  • Eleanore Rodriguez
    signed 2020-06-26 11:42:16 -0700
  • Angeles Ramirez
    signed 2020-06-26 08:51:06 -0700
  • Marbella Infante
    signed 2020-06-25 18:00:56 -0700
  • Leticia Gomez
    signed 2020-06-25 17:51:25 -0700
    its important that our future get to know the truth about our past very few of us know what united states and specially California has been thru and its time to teach our children our future what our past was and how far we have come ❤ ♥
  • Annie Lehmann
    signed 2020-06-25 17:01:13 -0700
    Ethnic Studies is VITAL to counteract the miseducation and whitewashing of history that breeds hate and hopelessness.
  • Elvia Flores
    signed 2020-06-25 14:37:48 -0700
  • Miranda Jue
    signed 2020-06-25 10:59:43 -0700
  • Fabiola Gonzalez
    signed 2020-06-25 10:57:48 -0700
  • Guadalupe Cardona
    signed 2020-06-25 10:57:34 -0700
  • Coraline Crannell
    signed 2020-06-25 10:57:06 -0700
  • Mercy Rudolph
    signed 2020-06-25 10:56:58 -0700
  • Maria Lorenzano
    signed 2020-06-25 10:53:08 -0700
  • Julia Huerta
    signed 2020-06-24 23:10:49 -0700
  • Nancy Madrigal
    signed 2020-06-24 22:13:19 -0700
  • Keshila Jones
    signed 2020-06-24 22:08:15 -0700
  • Francine Rios
    signed 2020-06-24 20:31:32 -0700
  • Patricia Gomez
    signed 2020-06-24 19:43:05 -0700
    I teach ethnic studies for California community colleges. There is insurmountable evidence that ethnic studies results in positive outcomes and higher graduation rates for all students. I have witnessed students consciousnesses light up like a switch as if suddenly awakened and feeling as if a void has been filled. Students see themselves at the center of the curriculum and their familial/ancestral contributions motivates them to learn more about their histories/herstories. They begin to push, strive and thirst for more knowledge. They begin to accept themselves as “good students” who have validating experiences and the doubt of seeking a higher education becomes resolved. Ethnic Studies is life changing!

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