Ventura County

ETHNIC STUDIES NOW VENTURA COUNTY!

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course as a high school graduation requirement in each of the school districts in Ventura County.

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.

Using demographic data provided for the Oxnard Union High School District 2012 – 2013 School Accountability Report Card, on average, Chicana/o-Latina/o students comprise over 75% of the all the high schools in the Oxnard Union High School District. These numbers are an example of the diversity that is present county-wide.

Currently, there are no formally established Ethnic Studies programs, in which all students have access, in any high school district in Ventura County. 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 Ventura County 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 High School District. Ventura County has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this state-wide educational movement.

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  • Tlaka Tletzin
    signed 2022-02-26 20:40:28 -0800
    Please help our dreams come true – for all Nations/Ethnicities. Help make “Herstory” as well as “History”. Help -INCREASE : *Mutual Respect *Meaningfullness *Self-Identity *Self-Esteem *Correction of the “Cultural False -Narratives” *Peaceful Co-Existence *Understanding of Diverse Cultures & *Motivation to Succeed.

    I will always dearly hold in my heart – the time that I emotionally led the walkouts at our high school as a 9th grader -1st gen indigenous child of immigrant parents from Anahuatl – as a MEChistA for equality & [email protected] Studies.

    The last Spokesperson from Anahuatl -Tlatoani Kuauhtemoktzin said that our sun would return to illuminate once again. We are living the Vision of our indigenous ancestors as we live during this Sexto Sol – the Time of Justice & of bringing forth the Truth of Our Roots *Panche Beh (Maya) & *Neyeliztli (Nahuatl) … Keeping the Fire Alive Our Teachings from our indigenous ancestors/TlakaTletzin.
  • Marjorie Harper
    signed 2021-02-28 11:55:01 -0800
  • Deana Sherry
    signed 2020-08-30 18:24:13 -0700
  • Valeria Barriga
    signed via 2020-07-23 19:12:13 -0700
  • Kaiden Wilde
    signed 2020-07-15 16:50:48 -0700
  • Hans Nguyen
    signed 2020-07-07 16:47:14 -0700
  • Sean Riddle
    signed 2020-06-26 16:39:39 -0700
  • Daria Azizad
    signed 2020-06-20 17:31:56 -0700
  • Sophia Nakasone
    signed 2020-06-17 16:59:40 -0700
  • gabriel cardenas
    signed 2020-06-07 09:25:35 -0700
  • Kristen O'Briant
    signed 2020-06-06 10:13:42 -0700
  • Danna Lomax
    signed 2020-04-11 22:39:58 -0700
  • Veronica Montoya
    signed 2019-09-14 23:12:29 -0700
  • Celeste Rossbach
    signed 2019-04-27 16:38:36 -0700
  • Patrissha Booker
    signed 2018-09-25 13:17:24 -0700
  • Crystal Castaneda
    signed 2018-05-16 22:04:32 -0700
  • Darci Knight
    signed 2018-05-09 19:26:33 -0700
  • Leslie Hernandez
    signed 2018-04-30 14:08:13 -0700
  • Danielle ODea
    signed 2018-04-27 14:57:03 -0700
  • Martín Gonzalez
    signed 2018-04-27 07:38:16 -0700
  • erandy martinez
    signed 2018-04-26 23:16:11 -0700
  • Diana Alfaro
    signed 2018-04-26 20:47:00 -0700
  • Carlos Lopez
    signed 2018-04-26 12:04:52 -0700
  • Alma Contreras
    signed 2018-04-26 11:54:13 -0700
  • Belen Contreras
    signed 2018-04-26 11:46:46 -0700
  • Matthew Fabian
    signed 2018-04-26 00:02:12 -0700
    Matthew Fabian
  • Richard Gaines
    signed 2018-04-26 00:01:43 -0700
  • Nicollette Stanley
    signed 2018-04-25 17:51:56 -0700
  • Jael Perez
    signed 2018-04-25 17:51:53 -0700
  • Arminda Sarmiento
    signed 2018-04-25 16:50:25 -0700

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