Grassroots organizing can be a tricky atmosphere to navigate, so we are here to help! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive with regards to our fight for Ethnic Studies.
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WHAT IS AB101?
AB101 is a bill authored by California State Assemblymember Jose Medina (61st Assembly District) implementing mandatory Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement for California high schools.
As of July 2021, AB101 has passed the Assembly floor and has now moved onto the Senate floor. Currently, the bill is pending to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, which is scheduled for July 14th, 2021 @ 9AM PST.
AB101 was previously known as AB331, but was vetoed by Governor Newsom in November of 2020. As of 2021, it has been renamed AB331, and will be going through the cycle again.
To stay updated on this bill, please visit this link.
To read the bill text in its entirety, please visit this link.
To read the fact sheet, please visit this link.
*Note: Last year (2020), this bill was known as AB331.
AB101 VS AB331?
Last year, there was a big push to pass/implement AB331, which implements ethnic studies as a mandatory high school graduation requirement. As a result of the hard work done by many grassroots activists/organizations, the bill accumulated enough support to pass both the Assembly and Senate floors. However, the bill was vetoed by Governor Newsom due to concerns over the model curriculum. This year, we are fighting for the full passage of AB101, including receiving the signature of Governor Newsom to transform this bill into a law.
HOW DOES AB101 DIFFER FROM THE MODEL CURRICULUM?
AB101 is different from the model curriculum in that AB101 is the bill implementing the mandatory graduation requirement, while the model curriculum serves as a form of OPTIONAL GUIDANCE to high schools across the state.
AB101 was authored by state legislators and originated from locally-elected politicians. On the other hand, the model curriculum was created/developed by the California Department of Education.
If AB101 passes, individual school districts are at liberty to decide the specific curriculum included in their Ethnic Studies courses. This means that they can reference the model curriculum as a resource if they wish, but they can also choose to develop their own curriculum (as many school districts have already accomplished on a local level (ex: LAUSD).