Santa Barbara USD Petition

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Ethnic Studies benefits all students by providing a complex, rich, and critical history of the United States. Given the multitude of issues facing our county, it is important to prepare our students to be global citizens with the knowledge of and the appreciation for the contributions of multiple cultures and histories.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, despite the fact that the majority of students are students of color. Research demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates. Further, we advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary.

It is time that all Santa Barbara Unified School District students have access to Ethnic Studies courses -- courses that inspire and motivate young people to connect in meaningful ways to the larger community. Several high school districts throughout the state are implementing Ethnic Studies programs, including the largest district in CA, Los Angeles Unified School District.

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  • signed 2018-05-15 00:58:02 -0700
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  • signed 2018-03-20 12:25:05 -0700
    Candice Perez
  • signed via 2018-03-20 07:36:19 -0700
    This was the best course I took in high school. Invaluable
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-19 15:51:22 -0700
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-19 11:41:27 -0700
    Sign our petition! Improve local high school education!
  • @chinagrrljoan tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-19 11:41:21 -0700
    Sign our petition! Improve local high school education! http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/sbusd?recruiter_id=57119
  • signed 2018-03-19 11:16:44 -0700
  • signed 2018-03-17 18:18:32 -0700
    Let the voices of the many speak in schools throughout Santa Barbara. Students deserve to know about the long histories and cultures of resistance and social transformation to which they and their communities belong.
  • signed 2018-03-17 09:40:06 -0700
  • signed 2018-03-14 13:50:07 -0700
    I advocate for the establishment of Ethnic Studies curriculum at all levels, high school, secondary, and elementary. It’s time to recognize the need, the importance, and the possibility – for the sake of ALL of our students and future leaders.Let’s act on the research that demonstrates that Ethnic Studies curriculum can help close the achievement gap, reduce student truancy, increase student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and increase graduation rates.
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    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
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  • signed 2018-02-27 17:39:25 -0800
    Do it because in college it’s too late to begin teaching frameworks to understand race, racism, and power!
  • signed 2018-02-27 08:15:06 -0800

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