Amended in Assembly May 24, 2013

Amended in Assembly April 2, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 123


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Fong, Gomez, Nazarian, V. Manuel Pérez, Rendon, and Williams)

January 14, 2013


An act to amend Section 51008 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 123, as amended, Bonta. Pupil instruction: social sciences: farm labor movement: Filipinos.

Existing law requires a school district, as part of its adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in specified areas of study, including, among others, social sciences, drawing upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Existing law requires the State Board of Education to ensure that the state curriculum and framework, where appropriate, include instruction on Cesar Chavez, and the history of the farm labor movement in the United States, and that the state criteria for selecting textbooks include information to guide the selection of textbooks that contain sections that highlight the life and contributions of Cesar Chavez, and the history of the farm labor movement in the United States.

This bill would additionally require that the state board ensure that the state curriculum and framework, where appropriate, include instruction on the role of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, inbegin delete thatend deletebegin insert theend insert farm labor movement.begin insert The bill would provide that it shall not be implemented unless funds are appropriated by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute for its purposes.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(1) All pupils who learn about the farmworker labor movement
4should learn about the influence of all major groups involved in
5the movement to fully understand this important part of California
6history.

7(2) According to a 2010 report by the United States Census
8Bureau, there are currently over 1.1 million Filipino Americans
9in California. Filipino Americans comprise the largest Asian
10population within California and the third largest Asian population
11within the United States.

12(3) It is important that pupils learn about the influence of
13Filipino Americans and their culture on the farmworker labor
14movement. The formation and continuing work of the farmworker
15labor movement have had an enormous impact on helping to stop
16the suppression and oppression of farmworkers and the general
17working public on a national scale.

18(4) Unfortunately, the story of how the Filipino American labor
19leaders and workers helped create the farmworker labor movement
20has been greatly ignored by national and international media.

21(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to help include
22the important role of Filipino Americans in the history of the state
23and by recognizing those noteworthy historical Filipino American
24figures who never received appropriate recognition for their work
25with the farmworker labor movement.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 51008 of the Education Code is amended to
27read:

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51008.  

The State Board of Education shall ensure that the state
29curriculum and framework, where appropriate, include instruction
30on Cesar Chavez and the history of the farm labor movement in
31the United States, and the role of immigrants, including Filipino
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2selecting textbooks include information to guide the selection of
3textbooks that contain sections that highlight the life and
4contributions of Cesar Chavez, the history of the farm labor
5movement in the United States, and the role of immigrants,
6including Filipino Americans, in that movement.

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begin insertThis act shall not be implemented unless funds are
8appropriated by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or
9another statute for its purposes.end insert



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