Ethnic Studies Movement Continues Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 2016

This bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission to develop, and for the state board to adopt, a model curriculum in ethnic studies, and would require each school district and charter school that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, that does not otherwise offer a standards-based ethnic studies curriculum to offer a course of study in ethnic studies based on the model curriculum.

ERUSD has led the way in recognizing the research-supported benefits of a comprehensive Ethnic Studies curriculum. “We are proud to participate in the movement to bring college prep Ethnic Studies to students in our district and across the state,” said Vice President Jose Lara. “We are preparing our students to thrive in a multicultural and global society.”

Ethnic Studies provides a forum for student engagement and empowers them to critically examine and understand the experiences of historically marginalized communities.  Ethnic Studies helps students relate to historical events and have a better understanding of a shared history.  Through the learning of diverse perspectives and experiences, students are inspired to create positive change at both the local and global level. 

The National Education Association has confirmed that Ethnic Studies have a positive impact on students of color in observable ways: They become more academically engaged, have better outcomes on academic tests, show improved graduation rates and develop a sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment.

El Rancho students currently have the opportunity to take Ethnic Studies courses, such as Multicultural Literature, Mexican American Heritage, Examining Cultural Diversity and Gender in Literature and Film, and Chicano Mural Art.  Each course offered at El Rancho High School was written and designed by the teaching staff and all courses have been A-G approved for university admission.  Superintendent Martin Galindo added, “We look forward to supporting the California Department of Education as they move forward in developing a model curriculum for all students in the state of California.”