PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district will soon require ethnic-studies classes — years ahead of a similar curriculum that legislators hope to someday implement statewide.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the El Rancho Board of Education recently agreed that all students, beginning with the class of 2016, must pass an ethnic-studies course before graduating.
The newspaper says El Rancho is thought to be the first school system in the state with such a requirement — one that officials say they hope will help teach students about not just their own heritage but that of others.
The state Senate is considering legislation that would require the Education Department to form a task force to study the best approach for implementing a standardized ethnic studies curriculum in all high schools.
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