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AB-1750 Pupil instruction: ethnic studies: report.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 23, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 08, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1750


Introduced by Assembly Member Alejo

February 14, 2014


An act to add and repeal Section 33544 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1750, as amended, Alejo. Pupil instruction: ethnic studies: report.
Existing law requires a school district, as part of its adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in specified areas of study, including social sciences. Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.
This bill would require the commission to identify model programs, standards, and curricula relating to ethnic studies at the high school level. The bill would require authorize the commission to consult with experts on ethnic studies, multiculturalism, or diversity, including, among others, representatives from the State Department of Education and classroom teachers who are currently teaching in California public high schools. The bill would require the commission, on or before January 1, 2016, 2017, to prepare and submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature that, among other things, identifies the best practices and standards for establishing and implementing ethnic studies in public high schools, to the Governor and the Legislature, and to make would require the report to be made available on the State Department of Education’s Internet Web site. The bill would make the implementation of the bill’s provisions subject to the availability of funds to the commission for those purposes from any source, including state, federal, and other nonstate funding sources.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 33544 is added to the Education Code, to read:

33544.
 (a) The commission shall identify model programs, standards, and curricula relating to ethnic studies at the high school level. The commission shall also identify factors to train teachers to work effectively with diverse pupils and families and to encourage respect for diversity in the classroom.
(b) The commission shall prepare a report that, at minimum, does all of the following:
(1) Reviews the most current research on ethnic studies for secondary education.
(2) Reviews and evaluates existing standards, curricula, programs, and training regarding ethnic studies for secondary education.
(3) Identifies the best practices and standards for establishing and implementing ethnic studies in public high schools.
(4) Assesses the adequacy of current ethnic studies courses in California public high schools.
(5) Makes recommendations for establishing a “California Cultures” multicultural or ethnic studies course that can be incorporated into existing high school curriculum.
(c) The commission shall complete and submit the report to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2016. 2017. The report shall also be made available to the public on the department’s Internet Web site.
(d) (1) The commission shall may consult with experts on ethnic studies, multiculturalism, or diversity including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Representatives from the department.
(B) Representatives from the University of California.
(C) Representatives from the California State University.
(D) Academic faculty, researchers, and scientists with backgrounds in ethnic studies, American studies, history, education, psychology, or medicine.
(E) Representatives from community-based organizations concerned with pupil issues or civil rights.
(F) Representatives from professional associations relating to ethnic studies.
(G) Classroom teachers who are currently teaching in California public high schools.
(H) Public school board members with expertise in multicultural or ethnic studies.
(2) In choosing experts with which to consult, the commission is encouraged to ensure that current classroom teachers in public high schools are principally and meaningfully consulted.
(e) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (d), this act shall not apply to the University of California, except to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make this section applicable.
(f) (1) The report to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2019.
(g) This section shall be implemented only to the extent that funds are available to the commission for purposes of this section from any source, including, but not limited to, state funding, federal funding, and other nonstate funding sources.