Higher students in the California class of 2030 will be required to complete a course in tribal studies in order to graduate, under a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom Friday.
The Golden State is considered to be the first in the US to initiate such a permit.
Public and charter schools in the district will be required to offer at least one academic course starting in the 2025-2026 school year.
Students must take a class on one of the most common gen-ed requirements in English, math, science and social studies.
The requirements can be met through an existing school of education class, a course accredited by the University of California and California State University or one of the local upgrades.
The new bill, AB 101, was drafted by California Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Democrat from Riverside. Medina, who introduced the law in 2020, called it a step “in the long-term struggle for equal education for all students.”
“Thank you Gov. Newsom for signing AB 101. The integration of ethnic studies in high school is over,” said Medina a spokeswoman. “Students will not be able to fully comprehend the history of our country and the world without the introduction of the talents and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.”
The curriculum mode focuses on four selected historical groups and their contributions to American history, according to KTLA, including: African Americans, Chicanos and other Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.
It also includes study programs for American Jews, American Arabs, American Sikhs and Armenian Americans, who competed for the same bill that left them.
Depending on the loan, the course must meet the following:
- Be suitable for use by students of all races, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students with disabilities, and English students.
- Not to show or promote, directly or indirectly, any discrimination, discrimination, or prejudice to any person or group of persons on the basis of any content held by Tuesday 220.
- Not to teach or promote religious doctrine.
Los Angeles School District, the second largest in the country, had already voted last year to take the required course in ethnic education for the 2023-2024 school year, the KTLA reported.
Newsom further signed a law requiring public schools and colleges to provide free monthly products at all resorts.