Ethnic Studies will soon be a requirement at the California State University system after the senate approved Assembly Bill 1460. It will require ethnic studies course as a graduation requirement at the CSU system.
The bill, which was introduced by Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) advanced last Thursday in a 30-5 vote by the State Senate.
This bill, commencing with the 2020–21 2021–22 academic year, would require the California State University to provide for courses in ethnic studies at each of its campuses. The bill, commencing with the 2020–21 students graduating in the 2024–25 academic year, would require the California State University to require, as an undergraduate graduation requirement, the completion of, at minimum, one 3-unit course in ethnic studies, as specified.
Within the bill, is says ethnic studies are an interdisciplinary and comparative study of race and ethnicity with special focus on four historically defined racialized core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina and Latino Americans.
Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) who presented the bill to the Senate took to Twitter say “ Proud to present #AB1460 – ethnic studies- on the Senate floor today. We have “white washed” history for too long- now it’s time for the truth! We cannot allow history to be sanitized any longer!”
Last May, the bill passed out of the Assembly Floor in a 59-17 vote. California is the 1st state in US to require ethnic studies for graduation!
Before the bill heads to Governor Gavin Newsom, it heads back to the State Assembly to approve minor language changes in the amendment made by the Senate. If signed, the bill will become law.
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