Ethnic studies classes help, but schools and colleges can do more to curb racism, advocates say.
The state board unanimously adopted voluntary guidance for ethnic studies with one addition, clarifying the role of “critical race theory.”
The state model curriculum will provide guidelines, but districts will face the hard decisions on what and how to teach ethnic studies.
California State University’s ethnic studies requirement is on track to being implemented as a lower-division class, disappointing faculty.
State schools chief adds lesson plans for Asian ethnic groups who felt left out and rewords sections to encourage multiple points of view.
New ethnic studies class will likely be required as part of lower-division coursework, which many students complete at community college.
The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
Assembly Bill 331 would take effect with the class of 2030; author Jose Medina accepts several amendments proposed by critics.
The debate continues on what should be in an ethnics studies curriculum; legislators must decide whether to be the first state to require it.
Presssure builds on Gov. Newsom to impose ethnic studies requirement on CSU dictated by the state legislature. He has until Aug. 15 to sign the bill.
The revision stresses inclusion but keeps focus on four ethnic/racial groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.
CSU trustees vote to approve policy while legislation with a stricter ethnic studies requirement makes its way through the Legislature.
California State University board is poised to decide on Wednesday whether to require students to take an ethnic studies course.
The Senate passed a bill requiring CSU students to take an ethnic studies course as trustees are set to consider the system’s own proposal.
Tony Thurmond says the curriculum should focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.