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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  • Jose Hernandez
    signed 2015-03-09 09:14:29 -0700
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  • Sam Maestas
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    Si Se Puede!
  • Robert Sprinkle
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  • David Gonzalez
    signed 2015-03-08 23:47:10 -0700
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  • Alexandro Jose Gradilla
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  • Cristina Marquez
    signed 2015-03-08 21:56:37 -0700
    Majoring in Ethnic Studies as an undergrad at UCSD helped me gain respect for myself and for others. I will never forget taking my first ethnic studies course and feeling like I had hit the jack pot by coming to college. Finally, I was taking a class that was relevant to my experiences as a first generation Chicana. I had no idea of the role that Latinos played in U.S history. I thought I was the first Latina ever to attend college. I also remember feeling that my high school friends had been robbed of their education. I felt they had been cheated and thought it was unfair that we had to wait to be adults and in college in order to learn about our history. I remember thinking what a difference it would have made in my friends’ lives had they taken Ethnic Studies. Majoring in Ethnic Studies increased my self-confidence & motivated me to stay in college and pursue graduate school at Columbia University where I majored in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Politics. I value “respect” and “tolerance” and believe that together we can accomplish great things in this nation. In order to do so, our youth need to see their stories reflected in history. Without Native Americans, Latinos, Blacks, Asians, etc, this nation would not be the great country it is. The time has arrived to reflect the diversity of our city and state. There is more to history than Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. I am confident that your school district will take the necessary steps to be part of this movement.

    Thank you!


    Cristina Marquez
  • Ascary Navarro
    signed 2015-03-08 21:46:46 -0700
  • Benjamin Vazquez
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  • Benjamin R. Vazquez
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  • Joan Kramer
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  • Luis A. Garcia
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  • Luis Garcia y Ayvens
    signed 2015-03-07 04:35:44 -0800
    80 % of California students k-12 are Prior Sovereign, Indigenous Descent, Mexican American / Chicana/os.

    Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, the United Nations Covenant Article 27 on the Civil and Political Rights of Recognized Oppressed National Minorities form the basis for Mexican American Studies statewide. So yes, Ethnic Studies for all.
  • Nayeli Torres
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  • Nayeli Torres
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  • Jeffrey Enriquez
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