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

Ryan Thomas
Taylor Jackson
Layne Deyling Cherland
Karen Hernandez
Evelyn Cervantes
Christy J
Benjamin Gould
Payton Small
Bella Valencia
Anna Bax
700 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Ryan Thomas
    signed 2017-05-29 15:39:19 -0700
  • Taylor Jackson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-29 15:10:02 -0700
    Help get ethnic studies a requirement in SBUSD, I hope this will create a ripple effect and show up in FSUSD too♡
  • Taylor Jackson
    @yaylorcolette tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-29 15:09:59 -0700
    Help get ethnic studies a requirement in SBUSD, I hope this will create a ripple effect and show up in FSUSD too♡
  • Taylor Jackson
    signed 2017-05-29 15:07:45 -0700
  • Michael Kile
    signed 2017-05-29 14:51:05 -0700
    A lot of respect for what these students have accomplished
  • Loren Mindell
    signed 2017-05-29 09:15:46 -0700
    Ethnic Studies pedagogy is clearly necessary given the level of xenophobia we are witnessing in today’s national discourse.

    Not only do ethnic studies courses teach us to be welcoming and less fearful of other peoples, it is extremely important that students of all backgrounds see their histories reflected in coursework.

    This has had a demonstrated, positive effect on academic performance in minority demographics.

    Ethnic Studies Now!
  • Layne Deyling Cherland
    signed 2017-05-28 23:25:50 -0700
  • Stacy Pulice
    signed 2017-05-28 21:37:43 -0700
    Stacy Pulice
  • Mariah Clegg
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-28 20:32:34 -0700
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  • Mariah Clegg
    signed 2017-05-28 20:31:59 -0700
  • Karen Hernandez
    signed 2017-05-24 20:49:48 -0700
  • Roberta Duarte
    signed 2017-05-19 14:07:31 -0700
  • Janis Spracher
    signed 2017-05-10 20:30:57 -0700
  • Jenny Sperling
    signed 2017-05-03 10:59:38 -0700
    Jenny Sperling
  • kevin perdomo
    signed 2017-04-11 18:47:21 -0700
  • Evelyn Cervantes
    signed 2017-03-22 13:53:09 -0700
    Important for the youth to understand more about an untold history that regular history classes don’t provide,wish such classes were taught when I was in high school
  • Wes Hensley
    signed 2017-03-03 15:37:35 -0800
  • Christy J
    signed 2017-03-03 09:09:11 -0800
  • Cheryl Hermann
    signed via 2017-02-05 15:48:02 -0800
    Agree! Knowledge is power, and more! …affirmation, dignity, understanding, perspective…
  • bruce trueman
    signed 2017-02-05 11:01:32 -0800
    Need facts to counter the media bias that tends to disinform instead of informing!!!!
  • Rebecca August
    signed 2017-02-05 10:53:59 -0800
  • Benjamin Gould
    signed 2017-01-29 11:56:15 -0800
  • Kati Hedden
    signed 2016-12-18 10:46:29 -0800
  • Payton Small
    signed 2016-12-08 09:01:36 -0800
    Payton Small
  • Tiffany Vuong
    signed 2016-12-01 20:48:46 -0800
  • Bella Valencia
    signed via 2016-11-30 15:46:30 -0800
  • Anna Bax
    signed via 2016-11-30 15:09:46 -0800
  • Anthony Clairmont
    signed 2016-11-28 21:06:43 -0800
  • Devin Trosky
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 07:22:27 -0800
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  • Devin Trosky
    @DevinTrosky tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 07:22:22 -0800
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