Santa Ana Unified to Introduce Ethnic Studies Requirement

On Tuesday, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to add one year of ethnic studies to the high school graduation requirement. The decision follows nationwide protests over policing and renewed support for racial justice in the United States.

The curriculum will be introduced in the 2022-23 academic school year. According to Voice of OC, Santa Ana Unified will be the first district in Orange County to introduce such a requirement. The district first voted to add ethnic studies to the curriculum 5 years ago.

Trustee John Palacio did raise concerns about cost.

“You have to have a discussion in terms of a budget cost because when you have a mandated class in terms of a graduation requirement you’re not talking about one or two teachers,” he said. “You have to hire enough staff to ensure that everyone receives access to the curriculum, otherwise they can’t graduate.”

A task force is currently being assembled and will submit its plan for implementation next month.


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