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.

Who's signing

Cynthia Perdomo
Carlos Guerrero
Jenny Martinez
mia white
Brenda Baird
Shannon Meyer
Joy Holland
Brian Frisiba
ann-elise lewallen
Carlyle Johnston
Andrew Ramirez Jr
734 SIGNATURES
700 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Ariana Penno
    signed 2016-03-28 19:42:30 -0700
  • Denise Gonzalez
    signed 2016-03-28 13:23:13 -0700
  • Cynthia Perdomo
    signed 2016-03-24 10:24:15 -0700
  • Carlos Guerrero
    signed 2016-03-24 08:03:27 -0700
  • Elizabeth Avila Ramirez
    signed 2016-03-20 17:06:36 -0700
  • Jennifer Lippay
    signed 2016-03-20 14:57:21 -0700
  • Maria Jimenez
    signed via 2016-03-20 13:03:43 -0700
  • Aaron Frederick
    signed 2016-03-20 10:09:36 -0700
    Thank you
  • Odalis Mora
    signed via 2016-03-20 09:31:48 -0700
  • Dara Ackerman
    signed 2016-03-19 23:13:57 -0700
    Ethnic Studies YES!
  • Kat Boehm
    signed 2016-03-18 18:58:29 -0700
  • Jenny Martinez
    signed 2016-03-18 16:48:26 -0700
  • Darrien Peoples
    signed 2016-03-18 12:52:24 -0700
  • Miguel Cruz
    signed 2016-03-18 11:29:42 -0700
  • mia white
    signed via 2016-03-18 11:07:14 -0700
  • Crystal Pyren
    signed 2016-03-18 10:18:17 -0700
    I’m signing this as a SBHS Alumni. I feel this is an important issue, especially with th ediverse population in the SB area. Thank you.
  • Brenda Baird
    signed 2016-03-18 09:14:55 -0700
  • Shannon Meyer
    signed 2016-03-18 06:20:13 -0700
  • Colman Nady
    signed 2016-03-17 20:16:53 -0700
    I spent many years in Santa Barbara and I think a requirement such as this would benefit SBUSD students and their community greatly!
  • Liliana Johnston
    signed 2016-03-17 20:04:39 -0700
  • Joy Holland
    signed 2016-03-17 19:48:48 -0700
  • Chuck Cordero
    signed 2016-03-17 18:48:55 -0700
  • Julianne Cordero-Lamb
    signed 2016-03-17 18:48:22 -0700
  • Char Biddle
    signed 2016-03-17 18:39:39 -0700
  • Chester King
    signed 2016-03-17 17:06:39 -0700
  • Brian Frisiba
    signed 2016-03-17 16:26:28 -0700
  • ann-elise lewallen
    signed 2016-03-17 14:51:05 -0700
  • Carlyle Johnston
    signed 2016-03-17 13:55:00 -0700
  • Andrew Ramirez Jr
    signed 2016-03-17 13:14:01 -0700
  • Ari Marcus
    signed 2016-03-17 12:30:41 -0700

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