Jose Maldonado

  • signed AB 331 Petition 2019-04-07 04:18:38 -0700

    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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  • signed Petition AB 2772 Ethnic Studies via 2018-03-23 17:58:22 -0700

    Petition AB 2772 Ethnic Studies

    Please CLICK HERE to send an email today to the Senate Education Committee asking them to support AB 2772 Ethnic Studies for California high schools. 

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT. PLEASE SEND A SIGNED COPY TO [email protected] and we will deliver it for you. 


     

    1,462 signatures

    I support AB 2772 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 2772 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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  • signed PETITION AB 2016 Ethnic Studies 2016-02-21 21:00:36 -0800

    PETITION AB 2016 Ethnic Studies

    *** UPDATE *** AB 2016 was signed into law on September 13, 2016 by Governor Brown! Click here to download the full text of the law ---> DOWNLOAD

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    1,063 signatures

    I support AB 2016, which instructs the Superintendent to establish a model curriculum for Ethnic Studies beginning the school year of 2017-18. Beginning with the school year after the development of the model curriculum, each school district with grade 9-12 will be required to offer the class to their students as an elective for social science.

    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 the state’s school districts

    Given California’s annual increase in population 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 all 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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  • signed AB 101 (Alejo bill) PETITION 2015-05-26 07:18:41 -0700

    Petition in support of AB 101

    1,057 signatures

    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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  • commented on Contact Us 2014-10-28 08:50:00 -0700
    LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE’S DEPARTMENT OF CHICANO STUDIES SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A [email protected]/ETHNIC STUDIES REQUIRMENT IN THE LAUSD.


    In 2010 Los Angeles Mission College became only the second college in the Los Angeles Community College District to establish a Department of Chicano Studies—40 years after the first at East Los Angeles College. It was made possible in large part by the fact that OUR COMMUNITY DEMANDED IT. In fact, since its inception, the idea of a college in the northeast San Fernando Valley carried with it the understanding that this campus WOULD HAVE a Chicano Studies Department. The College, established in 1975, did not have a permanent location until 1995. And the department took another 15 years—because of entrenched ideas about what an education should be, and who it should be for. Those days are past. In a city as large as Los Angeles, where well over 50% of the college and ¾ of the LAUSD student population is [email protected]/[email protected] or “Hispanic,” it is not only logical that this step be taken, it is mandatory- and with the adoption of an [email protected]/Ethnic Studies requirement, the student college demographic will increase to match the LAUSD percentages.


    Faculty in our discipline, along with those members of our community who have first-hand experience with our courses, recognize the inherent value in creating spaces where open dialogue and sharing of experiences can take place free of hostility and prejudice.


    We recognize the transformative nature of [email protected]/Ethnic studies in planting a seed of passion for learning, knowledge and commitment to self and community that this brings.


    We recognize that a people with out a history, is a people without a future.


    We recognize that ignorance leads to fear and intolerance, which breed hatred and contempt.


    We recognize over 40 years of scholarship and research that conclusively shows that institutional racialized barriers to success do exist and many of these are linked to the insistence on denying the value and contributions of [email protected] and People of Color in the United States.


    We understand that the time for these courses to be made an integral part of our youth’s education is here. It has always been here. We, the discipline and now Department of Chicano Studies at Los Angeles Mission College, have always been here, to provide these resources to the local high schools in our area. We have developed close ties and relationships with these schools. Chicano Studies promotes student RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, SUCCESS, AND TRANSFER— our presence assures that a good number of those students will not only attend Los Angeles Mission College, but many will also major in Chicano Studies because they recognize its inherent value. They recognize, as they have told us repeatedly, that it was our classes that gave them the drive and motivation to succeed.

    We concur with Librotraficante founder Tony Diaz when he asserts that “States should be fast-tracking Ethnic Studies for the simple fact that it boosts graduation rates through the roof. The Cambium Report quantified graduation rates at 98 percent for students who studied MAS at Tucson Unified School District. The audit was commissioned by Arizona Republicans who wanted hard evidence to justify eliminating Mexican American Studies. Instead, the truth came out: MAS helps our youth succeed in school.”*

    The Time is Now.


    John J. Morales, Chair Jose A. Maldonado, Vice Chair

    Department of Chicano Studies Department of Chicano Studies

    Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Mission College


    “The Xicano Paradigm was the framework that we utilized in the Tucson program, a framework of decolonization and liberation…. Jose Maldonado was one of the main facilitators of this knowledge in bringing it to Tucson. TLAZOCAMATI”

    - Sean Arce, former Director of the award-winning Mexican American Studies Program, Tucson Unified Schools.

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    Please post your comment below for the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, or you can also email us at: [email protected]

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  • signed sign the Petition 2014-10-18 08:36:28 -0700

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    *update* we reached 250 signatures on Sept 17; 500 on Sept 29; 750 on Sept 30; 1000 on Oct 2; 1500 on Oct 18. Our current goal is 2500 signatures.

    2,420 signatures

    ETHNIC STUDIES NOW!

    We, the undersigned, support the effort to make the successful completion of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course a high school graduation requirement in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

    According to the data from the California Department of Education, LAUSD only offers Ethnic Studies courses at 19 out of 94 of its senior high schools. Because of this limited access, only 691 out of a total of 152,507 high school students in LAUSD are taking Ethnic Studies courses, despite the fact that over 90% of LAUSD is comprised of students of color whose shared experiences are marginalized and forgotten in the mainstream curriculum. 

    It is time that all LAUSD students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that speak to students who have felt invisible and marginalized, to inspire and motivate them in their education, so that they learn their own history, engage actively in their own learning, and connect in meaningful ways to the larger community. Research has shown that a well-developed and well-thought-out Ethnic Studies curriculum has positive academic outcomes for students.

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