California students will have to take ethnic studies to get a diploma

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to students in a seventh grade science class in San Francisco on Oct. 1, 2021. | Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

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SACRAMENTO — California will require students to complete an ethnic studies course to graduate from high school under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday, and it’s believed to be the first state to mandate such coursework.

The new law comes after a year in which California leaders and activists focused more on racial justice following the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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