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.

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734 SIGNATURES
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  • Zachary King
    signed via 2016-02-25 16:46:05 -0800
  • Blanca Garcia
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-25 13:16:52 -0800
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  • Blanca Garcia
    signed via 2016-02-25 13:11:48 -0800
  • Peggy Velazquez
    signed 2016-02-24 09:48:16 -0800
  • Ricardo Valencia
    signed via 2016-02-23 23:58:40 -0800
    I teach chicano/latino studies at santa maria high school. Let’s build together.
  • Heaven Estrada
    signed 2016-02-23 23:17:04 -0800
  • Tom Lopez
    signed 2016-02-23 21:54:55 -0800
  • Vanessa Melchor
    signed 2016-02-23 19:25:54 -0800
  • Kathryn Alexander
    signed 2016-02-23 19:14:35 -0800
  • Angelica Rios
    signed 2016-02-23 18:41:43 -0800
    Ethnic Studies will give the oportunity to high school students to know more about their roots and cultures, even other ethnicities around the Country. These kind of classes will encourage youth to succeed in all aspects of their lives.
  • Wendy Perez
    signed via 2016-02-23 14:54:28 -0800
  • cesar trujillo
    signed via 2016-02-23 11:15:48 -0800
  • Evelyn Aldapa
    signed 2016-02-22 12:52:11 -0800
  • Craig Cook
    signed via 2016-02-22 12:16:34 -0800
    Ethnic studies remains virtually absent in K-12 public education nationally, and it is rare even in California, where about three-quarters of students are nonwhite. BADLY NEEDED!
  • alfonso Ramirez
    signed via 2016-02-21 20:44:57 -0800
  • Van and Lois Hamilton
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-21 16:49:47 -0800
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  • Van and Lois Hamilton
    signed 2016-02-21 16:49:29 -0800
  • Aby Garibay
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-20 20:27:34 -0800
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  • Aby Garibay
    signed 2016-02-20 20:26:57 -0800
  • Adrian Marquez
    signed 2016-02-20 16:20:35 -0800
  • Jessica Arzate
    signed 2016-02-20 15:32:57 -0800
  • Jovan Mia
    signed 2016-02-20 14:15:19 -0800
  • Eduardo Gonzalez
    signed 2016-02-20 10:47:20 -0800
  • Cintya Diaz
    signed 2016-02-20 10:16:22 -0800
  • Cheyanne Yang
    signed 2016-02-20 00:46:37 -0800
  • Doreen Edwards
    signed via 2016-02-19 20:03:21 -0800
  • Mina Acebu
    signed 2016-02-19 10:22:31 -0800
  • Esther Cardenas
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-18 14:29:36 -0800
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  • Esther Cardenas
    signed via 2016-02-18 14:15:34 -0800
  • Ally Arganbright
    signed 2016-02-18 13:07:22 -0800

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