In a historic move, the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) board passed the resolution put forward by the Student Advisory Council to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement. The resolution states that a pilot program will begin in 2016 and the graduate requirement will be in place by 2020. Furthermore, the resolution included that Ethnic Studies must be a part of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) so that funding is provided for implementation of this requirement. The resolution can be viewed here.
Thank you to the students, educators, community members and community organizations that made this happen! This resolution will assist in having the high school curriculum mirror the student body in SCUSD.
Ethnic Studies Now-Sacramento Coalition
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Sacramento City Unified School District
Board of Education
RESOLUTION NO. 2845
“ETHNIC STUDIES GRADUATION REQUIREMENT”
WHEREAS, Sacramento, CA is the 2nd most ethnically diverse city in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Sacramento City Unified School District is the 4th most diverse school district in the United States; and
WHEREAS, our students are 37% Hispanic or Latino, 17.4% Asian, 18% African American, 19% White, and 5.3% of students are two or more ethnicities and over 44 languages are spoken in our district; and
WHEREAS, we need a high school curriculum that reflect the diversity of ALL students; and
WHEREAS, only 1 of 13 high schools within our district offers ethnic studies, even though over 80% of our school district populations are students of color; and
WHEREAS, the CA statewide initiative AB101, an initiative that mandates that an A-G ethnic studies be made available at all high schools is in the appropriation stages in the California Department of Education; and
WHEREAS, the California Teacher’s Association (CTA) has publically declared their support for the AB101 ethnic studies initiative; and
WHEREAS, El Rancho Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Montebello Unified School District, Santa Monica Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Woodland Unified School District have written and approved, resolutions and board policies to adopt Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement within their high schools; and
WHEREAS, the goals of SEL (self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, decision-making, and pro-social behaviors) could be supported through the implementation of an ethnic studies course; and
WHEREAS research data shows that high school ethnic studies classes have reduced drop-out rates of students of color, raised graduation rates, reduced unexcused absences, boosted self-esteem, raised self-efficacy, increased academic engagement, and raised personal empowerment; and
WHEREAS, close to 2500 signatures have been collected in support of this ethnic studies initiative from students, parents, teachers, and community members; and
WHEREAS, our objective is to have all students learn to respect, accept, and love themselves and others.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education construct, implement, and sustain an ethnic studies course as a high school graduation requirement.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that an ethnic studies course modeled after an A-G approved course be developed and proposed by November 2015 and accepted by April 2016.
RESOLVED FURTHER, the first phase in of ethnic studies courses happen in Fall 2016 in 3 schools: CK McClatchy, The Met, and American Legion, with phase two following in Fall 2017 at 5 additional schools, and phase three following in Fall 2018 at the five remaining high schools.
RESOLVED FURTHER, prospective teachers for “Phase 1” will have comprehensive training, professional development, and certification options provided to them by the Sacramento State Ethnic Studies Teacher Training Credentialing Consortium by Spring 2016.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that a funding plan be developed through the LCAP to ensure that the course and tools for its evaluation will be funded comprehensively in a manner and level commensurate with this recognized community need as a local priority.
RESOLVED FURTHER, the ethnic studies curricula and teaching methods be evaluated on a semester to semester basis to make necessary improvements to ensure that its content be relevant, meaningful, and effective to properly address and support the recognized community need.
RESOLVED FURTHER, a committee comprised of current social science teachers, current professors from CSU and UC ethnic studies departments, leaders of ethnic community organizations, A-G curricula specialists, and YOUTH, be established and utilized throughout the process of creating and evaluating this ethnic studies course.
RESOLVED FINALLY, that a meeting for a call to action towards this initiative be declared by the Board of Education no later than the last board meeting of June 2015.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education on this ___ day of _______, 20__, by the following vote:
President of the Board of Education
José L. Banda
Secretary of the Board of Education
STUDENT LED ETHNIC STUDIES COALITION PRESENTS HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENT RESOLUTION
High school students present to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board on agenda item Special Presentations 7.1 an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement resolution.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - This Thursday, the Student Advisory Council in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Now - Sacramento Coalition would like to invite the public to come support the resolution for an ethnic studies high school graduation requirement that will be presented by the students to the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) Board.
The SCUSD board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Serna Center, located at 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824 from 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.
Sacramento is the second most ethnically diverse city in the country but it lacks a robust ethnic studies program in its public high schools. The Student Advisory Council will propose a resolution to establish a framework and timeline for the establishment of ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. The Student Advisory Council's resolution will help bring SCUSD in line with other school districts around the state (El Rancho, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montebello and Woodland unified school districts) that recognize the importance of a culturally relevant curriculum and have taken steps to establish ethnic studies in their schools.
"We are told we are the future, I say we are the now! This is why we will be at the board meeting this Thursday." said Saraith Aispuro, Luther Burbank High School Senior. "I believe that an ethnic studies requirement will teach me, my classmates and younger generations my background and the entire story of this great melting pot country of ours."
The Ethnic Studies Now Sacramento Coalition is a coalition of students, parents, educators and community members that is led by a group of inspiring SCUSD high school students.
For more information on the resolution or how you can support the students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A petition to support an ethnic studies graduation requirement in SCUSD has garnered support from approximately 2500 individuals. The petition is available to view and sign online at www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/scusd or can be signed by texting SCUSD to (916) 623-4866.
Ethnic Studies Now Coalition-Sacramento
In solidarity with school districts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica and El Rancho, who have passed resolutions requiring Ethnic Studies classes for graduation, the Ethnic Studies Now-Sacramento coalition seeks your participation in establishing an Ethnic Studies grad requirement at Sacramento City Unified School District.
Parents, students, educators, and community members are invited to attend a community meeting
March 18, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Language Academy of Sacramento
2850 49th St., Sacramento, CA 95817
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