Petition in support of AB 101

I support AB 101 (Alejo) which would require school districts to provide students with a statewide, approved A-G, ethnic studies curriculum.

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 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 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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  • Wendy Shapiro
    signed 2015-03-29 09:31:48 -0700
  • Beth Weinberger
    signed 2015-03-29 06:33:10 -0700
  • Tojoe Martinez
    signed 2015-03-28 22:05:40 -0700
  • Indra Mungal
    signed 2015-03-28 21:24:08 -0700
  • Mario Zelaya
    signed 2015-03-28 20:59:46 -0700
  • Richard Ramos
    signed via 2015-03-28 18:35:17 -0700
  • Pamela Osgood
    signed 2015-03-28 18:25:27 -0700
    Ethnic Studies is a crucial program in a country as diverse as the USA.
  • Dr. Nancy Arvold
    signed 2015-03-28 18:01:30 -0700
  • Kristina Bradwell
    signed 2015-03-28 16:37:09 -0700
  • Cecile Pineda
    signed 2015-03-28 16:21:26 -0700
  • Theresa Quinlan
    signed 2015-03-28 15:39:58 -0700
    I strongly believe that Ethnic Studies is an important area of study to provide and is vital to a student’s ability to receive a relevant education in California schools. Ethnic Studies provides a portal to our combined heritages, mirroring our state that is made up of many peoples from many places and has been throughout our entire history.
  • alan steinbach
    signed 2015-03-28 14:57:04 -0700
    I support Professor Gonzales’ belief that all students do better when they have a working knowledge of their cultural history.
  • Marlene DeNardo
    signed 2015-03-28 14:44:37 -0700
  • Paul Taylor
    signed 2015-03-28 14:24:37 -0700
  • Allen Kanner
    signed 2015-03-28 14:22:06 -0700
  • John Coveney
    signed 2015-03-28 14:21:00 -0700
    ES benefits everyone
  • Marisol Duarte
    signed 2015-03-28 14:17:33 -0700
  • FranCione Francione
    signed 2015-03-28 13:56:07 -0700
  • Louise Music
    signed 2015-03-28 13:38:34 -0700
  • Carlie Domingues
    signed 2015-03-28 12:17:41 -0700
  • Louise Dunlap
    signed 2015-03-28 12:09:38 -0700
    It’s so important for EVERYONE in the school system that there be an Ethnic Studies focus. I grew up white and middle class in California well before there was any such consciousness, so I and people of my ethnicity suffered from the delusion that we were the “only” or the “main” culture in the state. I am so grateful to those in later years who have shifted our awareness and created space for a more inclusive curriculum in higher education, but I believe it needs to expand to every level. Please support this legislation.
  • Rafael Jesús González
    signed 2015-03-28 11:44:38 -0700
    Now more than ever it is necessary to have Ethnic Studies as an integral part of education in California. As the founder of the Mexican & Latin American Studies at Laney College, Oakland, CA in 1969-70, I speak from experience.Students do better academically when they have knowledge of their own cultures and their contribution to the diversity of U. S. society.
  • Jocyl Sacramento
    signed 2015-03-26 09:51:33 -0700
  • Christy Lubin
    signed 2015-03-25 20:50:48 -0700
  • Jessica Zepeda
    signed 2015-03-25 16:34:00 -0700
  • Clarito Aradanas
    signed via 2015-03-25 13:37:13 -0700
  • Anita Fernandez
    signed 2015-03-25 11:51:42 -0700
  • Ramon Diaz
    signed 2015-03-25 11:41:31 -0700
  • Nicole Martinez
    signed 2015-03-25 10:22:40 -0700
    I support Ethnic Studies.
  • Phillip Shigekuni
    signed via 2015-03-25 09:55:23 -0700