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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  • Jose Beltran
    signed 2019-03-09 10:57:24 -0800
  • heidi Salas
    signed 2019-03-09 09:31:40 -0800
  • Diana De Rueda
    signed via 2019-03-09 09:01:50 -0800
    Ethnic studies saved my life and empowered me to be proud of my roots and to dismantle internalized colonization. We need Ethnic Studies for the liberation of our people and for the empowerment of generations to come. Also my biggest dream is to teach Ethnic Studies at a high school level. However, that dream was cut short by Gov. Brown’s White nationalist decision to VETO AB 2272 (prior Ethnic Studies Bill) whom claimed that including Ethnic Studies, as a high school graduation requirement, would “overburden” students. This reasoning made it evident that Gov. Brown ignored all the research that proves the empowering effects on student’s OVERALL academic performance after taking just one Ethnic Studies course. I’m so happy to know that the fight to implement Ethnic Studies at the high school level is HERE TO STAY because we understand the CRITICAL IMPORTANCE of teaching Ethnic Studies to our Black and Brown youth, who are the overwhelming MAJORITY of public school students. Ethnic studies is critical for all students to unlearn the hegemonic narrative of Whiteness that is fundamental to the current U.S History curriculum; which institutionalizes ideologies of xenophobia against non-White immigration, justifies the genocide of indigenous peoples as “Manifest destiny”, which celebrates the imperialist “Monroe doctrine” and the “founding fathers” whom commutes atrocities against sovereignty of indigenous peoples, and the list goes on and on. We need ETHNIC STUDIES NOW for youth of color to learn from a critical historical narrative which doesn’t cast their communities as “other” or “minorities” and for White youth to critically dismantle their internalized White privilege, White nationalism, and White supremacy.

    Ethnic Studies, vive!

    La lucha sigue sigue!
  • Ann Yabusaki
    signed 2019-03-09 08:23:25 -0800
    Ann Yabusaki
  • Leslie Vicente
    signed 2019-03-09 05:27:46 -0800
  • Christian Ramirez
    signed via 2019-03-09 00:53:06 -0800
  • Kris Percy
    signed 2019-03-08 23:32:29 -0800
  • Citlally Santana
    signed via 2019-03-08 23:19:15 -0800
  • Mary Bogan
    signed via 2019-03-08 22:52:44 -0800
  • Natalie Estrada
    signed 2019-03-08 22:40:15 -0800
  • Rosie Kar
    signed via 2019-03-08 22:16:39 -0800
  • Amber Rose González
    @FCprof_g tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-08 22:06:05 -0800
  • Amber Gonzalez
    signed 2019-03-08 22:05:48 -0800
    Amber Rose Gonzalez
  • Brian Pang
    signed 2019-03-08 20:33:24 -0800
    Brian Pang
  • Johnavalos Rios
    signed via 2019-03-08 15:25:06 -0800
  • Kei Fischer
    signed 2019-03-08 09:27:43 -0800
  • Annette Beauchamp
    signed 2019-03-08 09:07:09 -0800
  • Christian Oseguera
    signed via 2019-03-08 08:47:23 -0800
  • Erika Gutierrez
    signed 2019-03-08 06:26:58 -0800
  • Danny Khuu
    signed 2019-03-08 06:20:06 -0800
  • Patricia Takayama
    signed 2019-03-08 05:03:42 -0800
    This is a country of immigrants – not just from Europe but globally and we have all contributed to the making of the history and laws and or desecrating its indigenous population like the policies of the first European immigrants. It is time for a more representative history of our country be reflected in our classrooms and textbooks – Omission implies that we contributed Nothing and are not part of America.
  • Kellie Williams
    signed 2019-03-08 04:35:52 -0800
    #EthnicStudies MustBe #CraddletoCareer -Kellie N. Williams
  • Berenice Onofre
    signed 2019-03-08 02:18:39 -0800
  • Oscar De la Torre
    @odelatorre16 tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-07 23:05:36 -0800
  • Oscar de la Torre
    signed 2019-03-07 23:05:15 -0800
  • Starla Najar
    signed via 2019-03-07 22:40:18 -0800
  • Clarissa Del Visco
    signed 2019-03-07 22:28:50 -0800
  • Linda Diaz
    signed via 2019-03-07 21:21:50 -0800
    As a future educator, I would love to see the ethic studies as a graduation requirement. Hope this helps!
  • Kimberly Arias
    signed via 2019-03-07 21:21:10 -0800
  • Ana Herrera
    signed 2019-03-07 20:27:22 -0800
    Ana Herrera