California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday requiring ‘ethnic studies’ as a prerequisite for high school graduation: “America is shaped by our shared history, much of it painful and etched with woeful injustice,” Newsom wrote when signing the bill.
The action makes California the first state in the country to stipulate the controversial subject as a core class for students starting in the 2029-2030 school year.
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
Supporting the bill is Democrat Assemblyman, Jose Medina, who said, “I think schools are ready now to make curriculum that is more equitable and more reflective of social justice.” In addition to the graduation requirement, the critical race theory legislation forces all California public schools to offer at least one ‘ethnic studies’ course