ST. PAUL – This morning, Minnesota DFL legislators held a press conference to unveil legislation to support ethnic studies in Minnesota school curriculum
Rep. Samantha Sencer-Mura (DFL - Minneapolis) is the author of the bill and released the following statement:
“Minnesota’s K-12 student population is rapidly becoming more diverse, but the classroom learning experience in our state does not yet reflect our student population,” said Rep. Sencer-Mura. “All students deserve to see themselves – their own cultures, communities, and histories – within their education. It is no surprise that studies have found that when students’ experiences and backgrounds are reflected in their curriculum, they become more engaged in learning, they have a greater sense of belonging, and they achieve better educational outcomes.”
“All students deserve a comprehensive, well-rounded education that includes the rich history of our state, our country, and the world we live in,” said Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL – Hopkins). “ I would like to thank Rep. Sencer-Mura, Senator Mary Kunesh, and all the advocates who are working hard to make that happen for all of our students across the state with this comprehensive bill.”
Among other provisions, The Ethnic Studies for All bill ensures all students have access to Ethnic Studies instruction in Minnesota, creates an Ethnic Studies Advisory Working Group, and provides financial support to aid school districts in the development and implementation of ethnic studies curriculum, tailored to their community needs and interests.