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Calif. Districts Work Toward Mandating Ethnic Studies

By Madeline Will — January 05, 2015 1 min read

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.

A version of this article appeared in the January 07, 2015 edition of Education Week

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