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

jason gonzales
Adam Olivares
Alejandro Lopez
Stefani Valdez
Ingrid Monzon
Jessica Calderon
Ashleigh Brown
Laura Trejo
Heather Pardue
Grace Tame
Jesse Youngblood
Jennifer Hock
Olivia Davi
Wesly Johnson
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  • jason gonzales
    signed 2016-02-16 19:19:26 -0800
  • Adam Olivares
    signed 2016-02-16 18:16:48 -0800
    Adam Olivares
  • Nick Henning
    signed 2016-02-16 18:01:36 -0800
  • Alejandro Lopez
    signed 2016-02-16 17:46:44 -0800
  • Stefani Valdez
    signed 2016-02-16 16:47:06 -0800
  • David Gomez
    signed 2016-02-16 16:24:09 -0800
  • Elizabeth Quintero
    signed via 2016-02-16 15:47:25 -0800
  • Ingrid Monzon
    signed 2016-02-16 15:08:54 -0800
  • Jessica Calderon
    signed 2016-02-16 13:34:59 -0800
  • Katya Armistead
    signed 2016-02-16 13:11:23 -0800
    Because it is the right thing!
  • Ashleigh Brown
    signed 2016-02-16 12:06:42 -0800
    This is way overdue.
  • Anna Carranco
    signed 2016-02-16 12:03:54 -0800
  • Laura Trejo
    signed 2016-02-16 11:39:30 -0800
  • Heather Pardue
    signed 2016-02-16 11:36:20 -0800
  • Gloria Liggett
    signed 2016-02-16 11:13:43 -0800
  • Adelina Gonzales
    signed 2016-02-16 11:13:16 -0800
  • Grace Tame
    signed 2016-02-16 10:09:36 -0800
  • Jesse Youngblood
    signed 2016-02-16 09:49:36 -0800
  • Jan Ward Olmstead
    signed 2016-02-16 09:40:44 -0800
    Jan Ward Olmstead
  • Carla Barajas
    signed via 2016-02-16 09:28:01 -0800
  • Jill Clifton
    signed 2016-02-16 08:51:59 -0800
  • Ignacio Arias,Garcia
    signed 2016-02-16 08:50:15 -0800
  • Jennifer Hock
    signed 2016-02-16 08:07:56 -0800
    Jennifer Hock
  • Gabriele Drozdowski
    signed 2016-02-16 07:50:38 -0800
    Gabriele Drozdowski
  • Hillary Blackerby
    signed 2016-02-16 07:46:00 -0800
  • Olivia Davi
    signed 2016-02-16 07:39:04 -0800
  • Jewel Bourne
    signed 2016-02-16 07:37:17 -0800
  • Jennifer Olivares
    signed 2016-02-16 06:56:42 -0800
    I wish there had been programs such as this offered when I was attending school.
  • Wesly Johnson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 06:53:41 -0800
    Sign the petition: Santa Barbara USD Petition
  • Wesly Johnson
    signed 2016-02-16 06:53:09 -0800

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