Sacramento City schools to establish ethnic studies as graduation requirement

Trustees for the Sacramento City Unified School District have approved creating an ethnic studies course for high schools and implementing it as a graduation requirement by 2020.

The resolution that trustees approved unanimously Thursday night calls for ethnic studies as an elective course at a pilot group of high schools starting in fall 2016. Ethnic studies would expand to all 13 high schools in the district by fall 2019. It would become a graduation requirement a year later.

A committee of teachers, college professors, ethnic community group leaders, students and curricula specialists will organize to create and evaluate options for ethnic studies. The plan also calls for prospective teachers to receive training, professional development and certification to teach the course.

The district’s Student Advisory Council worked in collaboration with California State University, University of California, Davis, trustees and district officials in developing the proposal.