YES! AB 101 passed in the CA Senate. It's now sitting on Governor Brown's desk. Unfortunately, we are receiving word that this bill has lukewarm support by the Governor’s office and in fact he may veto the bill...Here are two things you can do right now:
1. Call Governor Brown
Then dial 1 for English & 4 to speak with a rep. Use/Share this ESN number so we can keep track of how many calls are made.
2. Email Governor Brown:
Letters to the Editor
Please also consider writing a Letter to the Editor to one of the following newspapers about the importance of AB 101 and Ethnic Studies. You can use the email to the Governor as an example. Please let us know if the article is published. How to submit a Letter to the Editor:
- Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article2571437.html
- San Fransisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/submissions/
- San Diego Union-Tribune: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/letters-commentaries
- Los Angeles Time: http://www.latimes.com/oe-howtosubmitoped-story.html
Have you signed the AB 101 petition yet? CLICK HERE
In case you can't see the email when you click on the brown button above, here is the text you can copy, paste, modify:
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing to ask for your support of the AB 101 (Alejo) Ethnic Studies bill.
Research studies have demonstrated that truancy rates decrease and graduation rates rise among students who have taken Ethnic Studies courses. The National Education Association's 2010 research review by Dr. Christine Sleeter looked at all available published research on the impact Ethnic Studies curricula has on students and determined that there is dramatic academic and social value in Ethnic Studies.
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.
Developing Ethnic Studies programs in 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.
Please support AB 101 Ethnic Studies for California High Schools.
Thank you for your consideration.