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California’s Push for Ethnic Studies Runs Into the Israel-Hamas War

Posted on AllSides February 15th, 2024
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Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle, via Associated Press

California has grand ambitions for ethnic studies. By 2025, the state’s public high schools — about 1,600 of them — must teach the subject. By 2030, students won’t be able to graduate high school without it.

For policymakers, a goal is to give California students, 80 percent of whom are nonwhite, the opportunity to study a diverse array of cultures. Research has shown that ethnic studies classes can raise grades and attendance for teenagers at risk of dropping out.

But even in a liberal state like California, scholars, parents and educators have...

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