Tony Thurmond says the curriculum should focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.
Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
The debate over whether ethnic studies is an appropriate and valuable course for high school students was settled long ago.
Critics said the original proposal was politically biased and omitted the American experiences of some ethnic and religious groups.
José Medina will bring back Assembly Bill 331 next year, after there has been time to redraft the controversial ethnic studies curriculum.
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond join those calling for a major revision.
Schools would tailor their courses to reflect the student demographics in their communities, authors say.
Native Californian history should include more than just 4th-grade mission projects, some teachers say.
School choice bills die; computer science, ethnic studies are pushed forward.