Tracie Noriega

  • signed AB 331 Petition 2019-11-14 12:39:17 -0800
    New Haven Unified School District implemented taking an Ethnic Studies course towards graduation in the 1990’s. These courses have been sources of inspiration and liberation for our students, many of whom come back to the district to teach. We are 90% students of color and cannot imagine our system without our Ethnic Studies department. It is a priority such that James Logan High School has launched an Ethnic Studies Social Justice Academy.

    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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