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Sikh Awareness Month

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

October 15, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE RECOMMENDS HONORING
SIKH AMERICANS

This letter is to notify you of recent action by the Legislature calling attention to the important contributions made by Sikh Americans to the history of California. Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 25 has declared November 2013 to be California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. I encourage local educational agencies to observe California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month by conducting appropriate commemorative exercises to promote awareness of the contributions of Sikh Americans to California’s history.

The Sikh population in California includes large communities in the agricultural towns of the Central Valley. Members of the Sikh community have testified to the State Board of Education that Sikhs have been targets of hate crimes and that young Sikhs have been subjected to bullying because of the different styles of clothing that they wear.

This resolution will recognize the “significant contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage to the state and afford all Californians the opportunity to understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Sikh Americans.” To view the full text of the resolution, please visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140ACR25.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact Kristen Cruz Allen, Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks Unit, by phone at 916-323-4867 or by e-mail at kcruzallen@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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