AB 101, as amended, Alejo. Pupil instruction: ethnic studies.
Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include, among other subjects, the social sciences. Existing law requires the State Board of Education, with the assistance of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to establish a list of textbooks and other instructional materials that highlight the contributions of minorities in the development of California and the United States.
This bill would require the Superintendent to oversee the development of, and the board to adopt, a model curriculum
begin delete framework, professional development standards,end delete and other support systems to ensure quality courses in ethnic studies. The bill would require the Superintendent to establish an Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee and would require the committee to advise, assist, and make recommendations to the board about programs, begin delete professional development,end delete curriculum content, and other issues related to ethnic studies. The bill would require the Superintendent, on or before June 30, 2016, to submit to the board a plan to fully implement these requirements. The bill would, beginning the school year following the adoption of the model curriculum, require each school district maintaining any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to
offer, as an elective course in the social sciences, a course of study in ethnic studies based on the model curriculum framework. Because school districts would be required to offer ethnic studies courses, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) The State of California is committed to providing excellent
4educational opportunities to all of its pupils.
5(b) There are 92 languages other than English spoken throughout
6the state, with the primary languages being Arabic, Armenian,
7Cantonese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
8(c) There is a growing
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9shows the importance of culturally meaningful and relevant
11(d) Based on the National Education Association (NEA)
12publication, The Academic and Social Value of Ethnic Studies,
13the inclusion of ethnic studies in a curriculum has a positive impact
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15(e) Ethnic studies benefit pupils in observable ways, such as
16pupils becoming more academically engaged, increasing their
17performance on academic tests, improving their graduation rates,
18and developing a sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment.
P3 1(f) The state’s
educational standards should be guided by core
2values of equity, inclusiveness, and universally high expectations.
3(g) The state is committed to its efforts to provide all pupils
4with excellent educational opportunities, without regard to race,
5gender, ethnicity, nationality, income, sexual orientation, or
7(h) The state is committed to its obligation to ensure its youth
8are college prepared and career ready, while graduating 100 percent
9of its pupils.
10(i) The implementation of various ethnic studies courses within
11California’s curriculum that are A-G approved, with the objective
12of preparing pupils to be global citizens with an appreciation for
13the contributions of multiple cultures, will close the achievement
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15 enrollment, reduce dropout rates, and increase graduation rates.
16(j) The state should support efforts in recruiting and retaining
17teachers who have relevant experience and educational background
18in the study or teaching of ethnic studies.
Section 51226.7 is added to the Education Code, to
(a) The Superintendent
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22oversee the development of, and the
begin delete State Board of Educationend delete shall adopt, a model curriculum begin delete framework, professional and other support systems to
24development standards,end delete
25ensure quality courses of study in ethnic studies through
26partnerships with universities with ethnic studies programs. The
27model curriculum framework shall meet the A-G approval
28requirements of the Regents of the University of California.
29(b) (1) On or before the beginning of the 2016-17 school year,
30the Superintendent shall establish an Ethnic Studies Advisory
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32limited to, students, parents, state personnel, ethnic studies scholars,
33 university professors, and teachers with ethnic studies experience.end delete
37(2) The Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee shall advise, assist,
38and make recommendations to the board about programs,
begin delete professional development,end delete curriculum content, and other issues
40related to ethnic studies.
P4 1(c) On or before June 30, 2016, the Superintendent shall submit
2to the board a plan to fully implement this section that
3includes, at a minimum, key actions needed to overcome any
4challenges foreseen to implementing this section,
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5 staffing responsibilities, and budget requirements.
6(d) Beginning the school year following the adoption of the
7model curriculum framework pursuant to subdivision (a), each
8school district maintaining any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall
9offer to all otherwise qualified pupils in those grades, as an elective
10in the social sciences, a course of study in ethnic studies based on
11the model curriculum framework.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
13this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
14local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
15pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
164 of Title 2 of the Government Code.