Published Online: January 5, 2015
Published in Print: January 7, 2015, as Calif. Districts Work Toward Mandating Ethnic Studies

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Calif. Districts Work Toward Mandating Ethnic Studies

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Ethnic-studies classes will soon become a staple in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco districts.

The Los Angeles district will require high schools to offer at least one semester of ethnic studies by the 2017-18 school year, and the class will be a graduation requirement by 2018-19. In the San Francisco district, all high schools will offer ethnic-studies courses next fall, with the goal of making the subject a graduation requirement within five years.

School board members in both districts say they hope the classes will help narrow achievement gaps tied to race and ethnicity.

Vol. 34, Issue 15, Page 4

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