Newsom signs controversial bill requiring ethnic studies for all CA students to graduate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law Friday afternoon a bill requiring students to take ethnic studies classes in order to graduate. Critics contend the controversial bill opens the door to teaching Critical Race Theory in the classroom. 

“This bill would add the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies, meeting specified requirements, to the graduation requirements commencing with pupils graduating in the 2029–30 school year, including for pupils enrolled in a charter school,” The bill, known as A.B. 101 states. “The bill would expressly authorize local educational agencies, including charter schools, to require a full-year course in ethnic studies at their discretion.”

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One of the bill’s authors, Democrat Assemblymember Jose Medina, says the bill is necessary in public schools.

“The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue,” Medina said. “Students cannot have a full understanding of the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans.”

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