Ventura County

ETHNIC STUDIES NOW VENTURA COUNTY!

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in each of the school districts in Ventura County.

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.

Using demographic data provided for the Oxnard Union High School District 2012 – 2013 School Accountability Report Card, on average, Chicana/o-Latina/o students comprise over 75% of the all the high schools in the Oxnard Union High School District. These numbers are an example of the diversity that is present county-wide.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in any high school district in Ventura County. 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 Ventura County 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 High School District. Ventura County has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this state-wide educational movement.

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  • Martin Leyva
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-07 07:36:47 -0800
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  • Martin Leyva
    @bigtino72 tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-07 07:36:45 -0800
  • Martin Leyva
    signed 2017-02-07 07:35:28 -0800
    Ethnic studies is so important for ALL students, it provides a history that allows for a better understanding of empathy, struggle and resilience. Students stand to be enriched as a unit, further allowing space for critical dialogue that does not happen. Ethnic studies is all about values and morals, and it brings diverse groups closer, rather than divides them.
  • Christine Sevillano
    signed 2017-02-07 07:27:52 -0800
  • Lea Roman
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-07 07:24:01 -0800
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  • Lea Roman
    signed 2017-02-07 07:23:45 -0800
  • Edmund Quinones
    signed 2017-02-06 23:55:58 -0800
  • Adriana Almontes
    signed 2017-02-06 23:31:45 -0800
  • Anahi Quiroz
    signed via 2017-02-06 22:27:48 -0800
  • Brandy Manzano
    signed via 2017-02-06 22:03:29 -0800
  • Franced Helfand
    signed 2017-02-06 22:02:42 -0800
  • Breanna Valdivia-Garza
    signed 2017-02-06 21:52:54 -0800
  • Salvador Romero
    signed 2017-02-06 21:30:12 -0800
    Ethnic Studies Are Vital !
  • Jenny Bonilla
    signed 2017-02-06 20:48:45 -0800
  • Robert Martinez
    signed 2017-02-06 20:48:05 -0800
    Robert Martinez
  • M. Carmen Guerrero
    signed 2017-02-06 20:47:27 -0800
  • Erick Carbajal
    signed 2017-02-06 20:03:44 -0800
  • Mark Makai
    signed 2017-02-06 18:27:22 -0800
  • Jeffrey Chandler
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:25:38 -0800
  • Luis Espinosa
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:09:49 -0800
    Luis Espinosa
  • Dawn Espinosa
    signed via 2017-02-06 16:07:03 -0800
  • erendira mccormick
    signed via 2017-02-06 15:43:21 -0800
  • Stephanie Laufenberg
    signed 2017-02-06 15:01:25 -0800
  • Ariel Murillo
    signed 2017-02-06 13:56:02 -0800
  • Vincent Williams
    signed 2017-02-06 12:23:00 -0800
  • Nicole Craig
    signed 2017-02-06 12:08:46 -0800
  • Anna Lee Hicks
    signed 2017-02-06 11:45:38 -0800
  • Hannah Perez
    signed 2017-02-06 11:30:11 -0800
  • Chelsea Neve
    signed 2017-02-06 10:43:45 -0800
    Chelsea Neve
  • Marilyn Green
    signed 2017-02-06 09:55:02 -0800

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