El Rancho High School counselor Delia Madera in her office. The high school has become the first in the state to require ethnic studies as a requirement for graduation.
The El Rancho Unified School District has voted to require ethnic studies courses as a requirement for graduation, becoming the first school district in the state to do so. The requirement goes into effect in the 2015-16 school year.
The change won't affect the total number of credits a student needs to complete before graduation. The ethnic studies requirement will replace a geography requirement.
The move came as California lawmakers consider a bill seeking to authorize a State Commission to study the implementation of ethnic studies in public high schools. AB 1750, introduced by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) in February, is awaiting senate approval.
Jose Lara, Vice President of the El Rancho Board of Education who co-sponsored the proposal
David Lehrer, President of Community Advocates, Inc., nonprofit organization that advocates innovative approaches to human relations and race relations in Los Angeles city and county