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2. LAUSD, the nation's 2nd largest school district, is facing some serious challenges. Superintendent Cortines has stated publicly that he opposes the implementation of the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement which passed last November. Please click on the button below to send an email to the LAUSD Board Members to let them know you want them to keep their promise to implement Ethnic Studies in LAUSD:
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Dear LAUSD Board Members,
I want to express my full support for the implementation of the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement resolution which you voted for last November 18, 2014.
According to the data from the California Department of Education, LAUSD only offers Ethnic Studies courses at 19 out of 94 of its senior high schools. Because of this limited access, only 691 out of a total of 152,507 high school students in LAUSD are taking Ethnic Studies courses, despite the fact that over 90% of LAUSD is comprised of students of color whose shared experiences are marginalized and forgotten in the mainstream curriculum.
It is time that all LAUSD students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that speak to students who have felt invisible and marginalized, to inspire and motivate them in their education, so that they learn their own history, engage actively in their own learning, and connect in meaningful ways to the larger community.
Research has shown that a well-developed and well-thought-out Ethnic Studies curriculum has positive academic outcomes for students by reducing truancy rates and increasing graduation rates.
Please begin the implementation process of the ethnic studies resolution without delay. We can’t afford to wait any longer. The students are counting on us and the rest of California is watching our every move.
Thank you for your continued leadership on this issue.