Through the 2018 Filipino Policy Symposium, participants developed a California state-wide policy platform focused on eight major areas: Gender Justice, Housing, Health, Community Development and Small Businesses, Immigration, Workers Rights, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, and Education. This platform shares the lived realities experienced by the California Filipino population and their proposed policy recommendations. The 2019 Filipino Policy Platform can be utilized by policy makers, community based organizations, and the larger public as an educational resource to develop policies and further engagement with the Filipino community.




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In 2016, California passed a state law encouraging high schools to recommend Ethnic Studies electives and to create a model curriculum by 2020. Ethnic minorities account for 71% of the student population, and studies have proved that culturally relevant studies increase youth empowerment, political and social awareness, attendance, and GPA increases (Stanford-SFUSD 2016). In addition, AB 123 was passed in 2013 to include the histories of Filipino farm workers in the state?s curriculum. Although California has made strides in education, only 1% of California?s student population takes Ethnic Studies courses. Implementation and funding are still major issues as well as difficulties in accessing student counseling and mental health services. BCFS recommends the following: Development of trainings for parents, educators, school administrations, and district officials around the implementation of Ethnic Studies curriculum. Conscious local implementation and state funding towards a K - 12 Ethnic Studies curriculum. Funding towards teachers salaries, mental health services, and student counselors. Statewide legislation for Ethnic Studies courses to be a high school graduation requirement. Creation of sustainable programs to develop a pipeline of well trained Ethnic Studies teachers.