*UPDATE* On Dec. 9, 2014 the SFUSD Board of Education unanimously approved the resolution to institutionalize Ethnics Studies. Congratulations to the San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective and all those who worked towards making this happen!
The Ethnic Studies Now Coalition supports the San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective's efforts to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the San Francisco Unified School District. SFUSD will vote on the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement resolution on Dec. 9, 2014.
The following is from the SFESC's Facebook page:
BE A PART OF HISTORY & SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION OF ETHNIC STUDIES IN ALL SFUSD SCHOOLS!!!
Time to pack the building folks!
WHERE: 555 Franklin Street San Francisco
WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
TIME: 5:00pm (Rally), 6:00pm (Meeting)
PLEASE WEAR RED! Bring your best signs/banners of support!
We urge the Board of Education to support the resolution for Institutionalizing Ethnic Studies in SFUSD when they come to a vote on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
In 2010, SFUSD passed a resolution to support the development of a 9th grade Ethnic Studies course, which was implemented in 5 schools throughout the district. Only 5 of the 18 high schools in the district offer students the opportunity to take an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course. Today, students, teachers, parents, and community organizations are coming together once again to institutionalize Ethnic Studies in ALL SFUSD Schools. Through the examination of counterstories and often times neglected narratives of all people, students learn to humanize and respect themselves, their families, and their communities. Students will think critically about race, ethnicity, and culture in the context of their own identities and their lived experiences. With a curricular content and pedagogy informed by the need for social justice and equity, the Ethnic Studies course provides students with the critical lens necessary to analyze oppression and engage in transformational resistance through learning service projects. These projects require students to collectively address issues in their own lives and make positive change in their communities.
San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT:
1) Sign our online Petition!
2) Write a letter of support to the School Board and email it to them and us by December 5, 2014 (Friday)
Ms. Sandra Lee Fewer, President
Dr. Emily M. Murase, Vice-President
Mr. Matt Haney, Commissioner
Ms. Kim-Shree Maufas, Commissioner
Ms. Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Commissioner
Ms. Rachel Norton, Commissioner
Ms. Jill Wynns, Commissioner
3) Join our Facebook Group!