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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  • Kim Kennedy White
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:31:38 -0800
  • Lupe Yarrito
    signed 2016-02-02 21:27:05 -0800
    Ethnic Studies should continue Educating us, if it wasn’t for this I received a BA in Chicano Studies
  • Alice Herrera
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:23:39 -0800
  • Andrew Meneses
    signed 2016-02-02 21:20:45 -0800
    Yes! It’s about time!
  • Lucila Chavez
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:20:42 -0800
  • Eddie Rivas
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:18:23 -0800
  • Guadalupe Carrasco
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:16:38 -0800
  • Ricardo Laguna
    signed 2016-02-02 21:12:35 -0800
  • Veronica Moran
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:08:05 -0800
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
    signed via 2016-02-02 21:06:57 -0800
    As a product of the SBUSD and a World Arts and Cultures major at UCLA, I believe that Ethnic Studies gives students a diverse, well rounded education that not only empowers them and validates their experiences but also provides them with the skills they need to be successful and continue on to higher education. The time is NOW!!!!!
  • Faby Gonzalez
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-02 19:44:21 -0800
    Over 65% of the Santa Barbara USD is comprised of students of color. However, there continues to be a lack of access to a formally established, quality, culturally relevant curriculum, in which all student experiences and histories are validated. Ethnic Studies is a leap towards the revolutionary act of love. Please sign & share! #EthnicStudiesNowSantaBarbara #EthnicStudiesSavesLives #TheTimeIsNow!