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.

Who's signing

613 SIGNATURES
500 signatures

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  • Clara Sandoval
    signed 2017-02-04 22:16:09 -0800
  • Kristofer Young
    signed 2017-02-04 22:15:58 -0800
  • Curtis Richardson
    signed 2017-02-04 22:10:24 -0800
  • Alana Bond
    signed 2017-02-04 22:06:10 -0800
  • Leo Martinez
    signed 2017-02-04 22:04:47 -0800
  • Claudia Leiva
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  • Claudia Leiva
    signed 2017-02-04 22:01:48 -0800
  • Camisca Fontes
    signed 2017-02-04 22:01:23 -0800
  • Matthew Urango
    signed 2017-02-04 21:57:00 -0800
  • Samuel Ponce
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  • Samuel Ponce
    signed 2017-02-04 21:55:15 -0800
  • Stephen Cavola
    signed 2017-02-04 21:55:05 -0800
  • Veronica Lomeli
    signed 2017-02-04 21:54:24 -0800
  • Ross fontes
    signed 2017-02-04 21:50:20 -0800
  • Sioe Hiang Han
    signed 2017-02-04 21:50:06 -0800
  • Kimberly Ferguson
    signed 2017-02-04 21:47:37 -0800
  • Amy Reed
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  • Amy Reed
    signed 2017-02-04 21:44:41 -0800
  • Zuleima Bernal
    signed 2017-02-04 21:44:15 -0800
  • Catherine Pulisic
    signed 2017-02-04 21:35:39 -0800
  • Loni Kate English
    signed 2017-01-24 10:06:16 -0800
    Loni Kate English
  • Magdalena Rodriguez
    signed 2017-01-23 11:59:42 -0800
  • Keilani Garcia
    signed 2016-11-23 19:51:28 -0800
  • Jaymee Payan
    signed 2016-11-14 10:59:58 -0800
  • Cecilia Martinez
    signed 2016-10-23 23:49:51 -0700
  • Lily Valadez
    signed 2016-10-19 17:31:44 -0700
    Lily Valadez
  • Jose Mendoza
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-02 15:55:28 -0700
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  • Jose luis Mendoza
    signed via 2016-05-02 15:54:58 -0700
  • Esthefanie Zamora
    signed via 2016-05-01 20:29:17 -0700
  • Brigida Zarate
    signed 2016-04-30 18:42:22 -0700

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