Assembly Bill 1354 – Requires The Department Of Education To Consider Inclusion Of Instruction Regarding Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, And Pacific Islanders

CATEGORY: Public Education Matters
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education
DATE: Dec 06, 2023

Existing law requires the California Department of Education to incorporate materials relating to civil rights, human rights violations, genocide, slavery, and the Holocaust into the subject frameworks on history and social science.

This bill recognizes that California has the largest population and the second highest percentage of Asian Americans in the country, that Asians are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the state, and that Asian Americans continue to be targets of hate, violence, and discrimination.  To help prevent discrimination and violence, this bill requires the Department of Education Instructional Quality Commission to consider including in its recommended history-social science curriculum framework, related evaluation criteria, and accompanying instructional materials, instruction regarding the historical, social, economic, and political contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States and examples of racism, discrimination, and violence perpetrated against Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States when the history-social science curriculum framework is next revised.

(AB 1354 amends Education Code 51226.3.)

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