Sacramento City Schools to Roll Out Ethnic Studies Pilot Beginning 2016

Brooke Purves, News Review, June 25, 2015

The fourth most diverse school district in the nation is finally adding an ethnic studies graduation requirement–in 2020.

The Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposal from its Student Advisory Council on June 4. The proposal will create an ethnic studies pilot program for fall 2016.

In collaboration with community organizations, local university professors and college students, the council cited research that minority students feel culturally disconnected from the standard curriculum in high school classes, particularly in literature and history classes. Students also reported little interaction between different ethnic groups on campus.

Approximately 80 percent of district students identify as students of color. There’s also a significant English-learner population–with at least 44 recognized languages–and large European immigrant populations to boot.

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