Education law to serve school districts with Native American curriculum.
Schools are encouraged to form task forces made up of tribal representatives to collect annual reports on the progress of these course materials. The reports are to be shared with the Senate and Assembly Education Committee to inform future policies.
With the assistance of local Indigenous leaders, school districts will have the opportunity to build accurate course materials to better inform their student body. The curriculum would include local tribal history, land use and the teaching of the diversity of California’s more than 100 tribes.
According to CalMatters, Native American students had a graduation rate of 73% in 2021. That’s lower than most other racial and ethnic groups. The improved course materials are meant to facilitate a stronger sense of self in Indigenous students in order to close the achievement gap.