Los Angeles Will Spend Over $70 Million Implementing ‘Ethnic Studies’ In Schools

Los Angeles plans to implement a district-wide ethnic studies curriculum, but it has run into a massive $70 million road block.

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Last fall, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) took the almost-unprecedented step of requiring every student in the district to pass a course in “ethnic studies” in order to graduate high school. When the school board approved the measure, however, it did so without any clear price tag. An initial estimate suggested the price of implementing the decree would be only $3.4 million.

It turns out that estimate was off by a factor of 20. A recently completed analysis by the district’s Ethnic Studies Committee concluded that the price to implement the new program will be a staggering $72.7 million over four years, with most of the price coming from the need to buy thousands of new textbooks and train instructors in the new curriculum. That’s about $105 for each student in the district.

That’s a hefty chunk of change for a district whose annual budget is about $6.8 billion. LAUSD is already struggling with its finances; its deficit for the 2015-16 school year is expected to be over $150 million.

The huge price tag vindicates those who criticized the district for rushing into adopting the ethnic studies requirement without much study beforehand. Board member Tamar Galatzan, the only person to vote against the proposal, warned in an editorial last November the district was acting without any real research on how the requirement would impact hiring decisions and the financial bottom line.

Activists insisted that ethnic studies was an urgent need for LAUSD and pushed for a quick adoption of the requirement. Board member Steve Zimmer argued that ethnic studies were a pressing need to keep kids in school and on the path towards success.

“In some places, there is resistance , but what we do here today will bring down the walls of resistance,” Zimmer said at the time. “We are losing kids because we are not connecting to their story.”

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Originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation


  1. What the hey, it’s only other peoples’ money.

  2. Why not try teaching them American history and treat each one equally as an American? Ethnic studies belong in college not high school. Kids need to be proud to be American, then they can embrace their heritage.

  3. Lets take the money directly from the unions.

  4. 2 bits…

    I’ll bet it’s targeted at shoving more Muslim / Islam crap down the throats of our kids!

    They will never STOP until WE THE PEOPLE stand up and SAY “Enough is Enough and demand this type of action be declared BAD & Banned from our society”.

  5. What these children really need is to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Get on with that, and forget all of this PC stuff!

  6. The LAUSD graduates are illiterate, they can’t read, they can’t write, they can’t compute – but what the hey! They are politically correct, so what else matters?

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