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Ethnic studies

  • Marisa Silvestri listens to her student Oscar de la Torre during her Ethnic Studies Class at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles on March 28, 2023.
    Lauren Justice
    California high school students will be required to pass an ethnic studies class to graduate, starting with the class of 2030. That means the state needs lots of new ethnic studies teachers. But do educators need a special credential to teach ethnic studies? Some ethnic studies advocates say allowing any social science teacher to instruct the subject will lead to watered down and ineffective courses, while school districts argue that flexibility is important if they’re going to fill the roles.