Governor signs bill to create Ethnic Studies curriculum for Grades 9-12

SEPTEMBER 2016—Gov. Brown, who is considering which bills to sign into law before the September 30, 2016 deadline, signed AB 2016 into law last week.

The new law, which was authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) requires the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum on ethnic studies for grades 9-12 that would be available to school districts.

In a news release, Alejo wrote: “It’s the first legislation of its kind in the nation, creating a statewide model curriculum for ethnic studies, and countering trends seen in other states that are abolishing or restricting ethnic studies courses, most recently in Arizona.”

In thanking the governor, Alejo noted:

“A study published earlier this year by the Stanford Graduate School of Education found that students at risk of dropping out who took ethnic studies courses improved their attendance and academic performance significantly, especially Latino students. Now we can spread this success across the state.”