Newsom Signs Bill Requiring CA Public High School Students Pass Ethnic Studies Course To Graduate

Newsom Signs Bill Requiring CA Public High School Students Pass Ethnic Studies Course To Graduate


Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that makes California the first state to mandate public high school students pass an ethnic studies class as a graduation requirement.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “High school students in California will be required to learn about the contributions and oppression of people of color in America, under a measure Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday.” According to the outlet, the new law “adds a one-semester ethnic studies course to the state’s high school graduation requirements for public schools, starting with the 2029-30 academic year.”

It also requires public schools to offer at least one ethnic studies course as an elective beginning in the 2025-26 school year.

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Newsom said the legislation, known as Assembly Bill 101, enables students “to learn their own

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